Cabinet reshuffle: Fareham MP Suella Braverman among names tipped for promotion by Boris Johnson

THE MP for Fareham could be given a ministerial role as the prime minister looks to promote a number of women as part of a ‘generation of talent.’

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 10:01 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 12:32 pm
Conservative Party candidate for Fareham Suella Braverman with her son George and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Suella Braverman, who has served as an MP for Fareham since 2015, is tipped for a promotion in the prime minister’s reshuffle, which will be announced later today.

Ms Braverman served as a Brexit minister within the Department for Exiting the European Union from January 2018 until November 2018, when she resigned in protest at Theresa May's draft deal with the EU.

In the Conservative leadership contest last year, the barrister initially backed foreign secretary Dominic Raab before throwing her weight behind Boris Johnson.

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Speaking to the News at the time, the mother-of-one said: '(The) election is a great endorsement of Boris Johnson's leadership - he's got a very authentic manner when it comes to campaigning.'

Referring to the PM meeting her then five-month old baby, Mrs Braverman said: ‘Boris said he hopes he'll vote Conservative one day.

‘He could end up rebelling - but not if I have anything to do with it.’

Ms Braverman has previously served as chairwoman of the European Research Group, which rallies Brexit-supporting backbench MPs, from June 2017 to January 2018, with Jacob Rees-Mogg taking over the role.

There is not expected to be a reduction in the number of female members of the Cabinet in today’s reshuffle, even though Baroness Morgan has already said she intends to leave her ministerial role and the positions of Andrea Leadsom and Theresa Villiers are thought to be vulnerable.

Female MPs in line for promotion during the reshuffle process include Gillian Keegan and defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

A No 10 source said: ‘The Prime Minister wants this reshuffle to set the foundations for government now and in the future.

‘He wants to promote a generation of talent that will be promoted further in the coming years.

‘He will reward those MPs who have worked hard to deliver on this Government's priorities to level up the whole country and deliver the change people voted for last year.’

By the summer, Mr Johnson aims to ensure that at least 60 per cent of ministerial aides - the parliamentary private secretaries - will be women, up from 18 per cent at present.