After the tumultuous resignation news of Rishi Sunak the Chancellor of Exchequer, (Finance Minister) and Heath Minister Sajid Javid, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has appointed their replacements.
He appointed Nadhim Zahawi as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) to replace Mr Sunak whilst Steve Barclay was appointed as Health Minister to replace Sajid Javid.
Boris Johnson has been battling calls for him to step down as Prime Minister and Tueday’s resignation news was just another blow to his cabinet as these two ministers quit in protest over his leadership.
These past few months has seen many of his party Members of Parliament turn against him leading to a vote of no confidence brought against his leadership in June 2022. He survived by winning 211 votes with 148 members voting against him out of the 359 Conservative MPs.
With the cost of living crisis going over the roof and the overwhelming waiting lists on the NHS, the pressure is bound to rise.
These two new appointees are not really new Ministers as they both previously held cabinet positions and in particular Nadhim Zahawi was previously the Health Secretary before he became the Education Minister and prior to that he was the Vaccination Minister. He will now have to make an impact as the country is facing a huge cost of living crisis that needs to be urgently resolved.
Steve Barclay was previously Mr Johnson’s Chief of Staff and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He was appointed Chief of Staff in February 2022 as part of the shake-up in No 10 Downing Street after the numerous partygate scandal.
Mr Johnson is battling to keep his job at No 10 as he seems to continuously face woe after woe and with this endless battles within the Conservative Party, one can only wonder if he would eventually cave in.
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