Theresa May’s new cabinet is perhaps not exactly what she was hoping it would be. Pre-election speculation had indicated that May was keen to make some significant changes – including perhaps changing her Chancellor. Now in a significantly weaker position, she’s had little choice but to keep most of her cabinet in place.
With the departure of the Prime Minister’s co-chiefs of staff who had total control over the government’s agenda, Theresa May has indicated that she will pursue a more collaborative approach to decision making. This raises the prospect of individual cabinet members having greater autonomy and influence, with less control from the centre.
The very limited reshuffle at cabinet level has seen promotion for several ministers perceived as moderate and reliable – David Gauke, Damian Green, David Lidington. At the same time one of the most high profile and divisive Conservative politicians of the current generation – Michael Gove – returns to the heart of government. Faced with one of the most challenging briefs requiring him to develop a post-Brexit farming and fisheries policy, Gove’s record as a radical reformer will be tested.
Understanding the priorities and personal motivations of the members of the cabinet will be key for business and other organisations in the coming months. WA have prepared a visual guide to the cabinet designed for you to print out as you look to navigate your way through the new government.
We hope that this will help you understand the policy issues at the top of each cabinet minister’s inbox as they return to their departments or get settled into new roles.