Stephen Barclay has been named as the new Brexit secretary of the United Kingdom, while Amber Rudd, the former Home Secretary, has been appointed as the new Work and Pensions Ssecretary.
Barclay is the MP for North East Cambridgeshire. Previously, he served as a minister at the Department for Health and Social Care. He is set to take over from Dominic Raab. Raab stepped down from his position yesterday over the Brexit deal of Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, in a series of resignations that threatened to overthrow the premiership of PM May.
Meanwhile, Rudd will be replacing Esther McVey. McVey resigned shortly after Raab on Thursday morning. Rudd resigned over “inadvertently” misleading a parliamentary select committee over the Windrush scandal earlier this year. She was labelled as a “disgraced former minister.”
She will be returning to May’s cabinet after a flurry of resignations that began with Jo Johnson, the British transport minister, last week.
A day after May won the support of the cabinet for her Brexit deal after a five-hour marathon meeting, six other MPs and officials stepped down from their positions alongside Raab and McVey.
Reportedly, Michael Gove, the Environment secretary, had also been considered for the role of the Brexit secretary, however, this morning, he confirmed that he would be staying at his post in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Liam Fox, the International trade secretary, also vouched for the Prime Minister.
Today, the number of MPs who have publicly admitted to having submitted letters of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the Tory party, already reached 22, including Chris Green and Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg.
The Labour Party, however, criticised the new appointments. It said that Barclay would “change absolutely nothing” and Rudd was the mark of a weak prime minister.
John Penrose, Kwasi Kwarteng, and Stephen Hammond were also all appointed as junior ministers.