Sunak shuffles cabinet to bolster pledges on economy
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak reshuffled his cabinet on Tuesday (7 February), breaking up two departments to better suit his pledges to spur the economy, reduce energy prices and turn around his party’s fortunes before an election expected next year.
The former finance minister and multi-millionaire, who once worked for a hedge fund, is trying to steer the economy through a prolonged period of double-digit inflation and stagnation, a situation worsened by the soaring cost of energy.
“The government needs to reflect the priorities of the British people and be designed to deliver for them,” Sunak said on Twitter. “These changes will focus teams on the issues that will build a better future for our children and grandchildren.”
His spokesperson said the changes, which were welcomed and criticised in equal measure by business groups and green energy supporters, might not offer a “silver bullet” to all Britain’s ills, but would help Sunak try to deliver on his agenda.
‘Shuffling Titanic deckchairs’
The timing surprised some in Sunak’s party.