Sunak reshuffle: The PM will reorganise government agencies
A new government agency devoted to energy security will be unveiled by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and three others will have their duties altered.
There will also be a change in the ministerial lineup, with some new faces taking on important positions.
After Nadhim Zahawi was fired, Rishi Sunak spent more than a week searching for a new party chairman.
Greg Hands, the trade minister, was reportedly slated to succeed Mr. Zahawi, according to a reliable source. The adjustments will be discussed at a later meeting of Mr. Sunak’s cabinet.
If that were the case, Mr. Sunak would have to hunt for a trade agreement minister. “We understand that Grant Shapps, the current business secretary and a former party chairman, won’t take over as the new leader of the organization.”
Additionally, a division of the Department of Business, Technology, and Economic Strategy is anticipated. There will be a new ministry devoted to power security. When running for office last summer, the prime minister pledged to reinstate a separate Department for Energy.
Mr. Sunak is believed to want more attention paid to guaranteeing the UK’s power sector, specifically in light of the recent price increases.
It is anticipated that the Department for Science, Development, and Technology will be one of the newest departments.
At the highest levels of government, it’s unclear if the Online Safety Bill will fall under this new department’s purview or whether it will continue to be handled by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport.
Michelle Donelan, the secretary of culture, is anticipated to go on maternity leave in the spring.
The possibility of a rearrangement had been the topic of much discussion in Westminster over the weekend after requests to move appointments sparked some people’s concerns.
Those close to the prime minister had brushed off talk of restructuring. However, Downing Street remained silent when The Sun and The Times disclosed anticipated changes.
Those in Whitehall who believed the prime minister should have informed his associates and the civil service before it was exposed by the media were incensed.
One source claimed that many government employees are sleeping with no idea of which department they will be working for the next morning. A source from Number 10 frequently declined requests to confirm or refute rumours of a reorganisation of Whitehall by responding, “No remarks.”