Theresa May says 'I'm no quitter' as she prepares Cabinet reshuffle

The PM is expected to announce Cabinet changes on Monday as she seeks to balance the Tories' pro Brexit and Remain factions

Green was third high office of his Government forced to leave office in less than two months, after Defense Minister Michael Fallon, embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal, and Priti Patel, Minister of International Development, who remained committed Meetings with Israeli officials behind prime minister's back. It won't be easy and the new starters will need to hit the ground running.

It is understood that May does not intend to appoint a first secretary of state in what has been billed as her biggest reshuffle since taking office in 2016.

New Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis said there would be a "really good breath of fresh air coming in" among the lower ministerial ranks.

But the reorganization quickly became more remarkable for what May didn't do rather than what she did, highlighting the difficulties imposed by Brexit and the erosion of the prime minister's authority since the ill-judged vote in June that cost her party its parliamentary majority.

Ms. May moved to make changes to her team of top Ministers after ending previous year with a deal to shift talks with the European Union (EU) to a second phase.

Worse than that, alongside the prime minister's willingness to move the health, education and business secretaries, a flurry of tweaks to other cabinet posts - shifting David Lidington from justice to replace Green; moving David Gauke in turn from DWP, where he had been for just seven months, into justice - suggested far from prioritising complex domestic reforms, such as the rollout of universal credit, May was unwilling to let anyone stay in post long enough to complete the tough task she had allotted them.

And it got off to a dramatic start today as James Brokenshire resigned as Northern Ireland Secretary.

James Brokenshire
Image James Brokenshire

The former Conservative party chairperson, Patrick McLoughlin, lost his job after the disastrous snap election.

It was also briefed as an attempt to introduce new faces into the government, including more women, ethnic minorities and some newer MPs.

But May has said that she still hoped to lead her Tory party into the next election, which must be called by 2022.

These scenarios are ones that the government has itself warned of, however Davis told the Prime Minister the government "cannot let these actions go unchallenged" - although was cautious about making any formal move.

"I'm not a quitter".

"Clearly, she's keen to put her stamp on the party and do the things you try to do with reshuffles - bring through new talent, make the party more representative - but she's very constrained", Rob Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester, said of May's decisions.

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