Unexpected move comes as Boris Johnson begins much-anticipated reshuffle to his cabinet
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Thérèse Coffey is staying as work and pensions secretary, and Lady Evans is staying as leader of the Lords. Evans was not expected to move, but there was some doubt about whether Coffey would be retained.
The Rt Hon Baroness Evans of Bowes Park remains Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords. pic.twitter.com/UtZILGbriT
David Gauke, the former justice secretary and former Treasury minister, told Radio 5 Live’s Emma Barnett that he thought Rishi Sunak would turn out to have more authority as chancellor than some people are predicting. Gauke explained:
Having lost one chancellor, to lose another chancellor would be incredibly difficult, so Rishi Sunak is actually in quite a strong position now, and although there will be a lot of talk about him being Boris Johnson’s placeman, if he wants to assert himself you could argue that he is pretty well unsackable.
If I was Rishi I would be pretty determined to show that I was not a stooge, and demonstrate some independence pretty early on especially in his budget. Partly just for the credibility and economic policy for this country, in terms of the international markets, a chancellor who is seen as a stooge will face real difficulties.