Cabinet reshuffle: Who is in Boris Johnson’s new cabinet?

SOURCE: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49043973

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has carried out a reshuffle of ministers in cabinet positions, two months after winning the general election.

There was speculation ahead of the reshuffle about how diverse the new Cabinet would be, particularly considering women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Who’s in what job? Here’s a guide to the people that make up Mr Johnson’s cabinet, with the latest new faces and who’s changed places.

Note: BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) is a term widely used in the UK to describe people of non-white descent, as defined by the Institute of Race Relations.

This is the second reshuffle for Mr Johnson, who became prime minister last July after winning a Conservative leadership election.

Big names to have left cabinet on Thursday included Chancellor Sajid Javid, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom.

The make-up of the cabinet has also changed. The proportion of women in it has increased – but the actual number has fallen from eight to seven because some positions were closed.

University background

According to the Sutton Trust social mobility charity, every prime minister since 1937 who attended university was educated at Oxford – except for Gordon Brown. Half of Mr Johnson’s cabinet went to Oxford or Cambridge universities.

This compares with 27% of all Conservative MPs and 18% of Labour MPs.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said December’s election led to a seismic shift in the political landscape and Conservative MPs now represent a more diverse range of constituencies than before.

“Yet in terms of educational background, the make-up of Johnson’s cabinet is still over 60% from independent schools,” he said. “Today’s findings underline how unevenly spread the opportunities are to enter the elites and this is something Boris Johnson must address.”

Cabinet experience

Michael Gove is by far the most experienced of Mr Johnson’s new top team. The ministers who have had 204 days of cabinet experience are new faces appointed by the PM when he took power in July last year.

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