The British prime minister has announced two new hires to his backroom team, following a wave of resignations that occurred earlier this week.
Steve Barclay, a Cabinet Office minister, will take over as the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.
Guto Harri, a former BBC journalist who also served as an assistant to Boris Johnson when he was mayor of London, will take over as director of communications for the organization.
Mr Johnson stated that the reorganization would “enhance the way No 10 operates.”
After a terrible week that saw five No 10 aides quit in less than 24 hours and the publishing of the preliminary results of Sue Gray’s investigation into events at Downing Street while Covid restrictions were in place, the PM is now facing a challenging weekend ahead.
There have been three people fired from top positions as a result of the lockdown parties controversy, including senior civil servant Martin Reynolds, who sent out an invitation to a “bring your own wine” gathering.
However, policy manager Munira Mirza resigned as a result of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s erroneous assertion that Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer failed to prosecute Jimmy Savile while he was director of public prosecutions, and Mr Johnson’s failure to apologize.
A former minister has joined the chorus of those calling for the resignation of the prime minister.
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When Downing Street parties were hosted, the Covid restrictions applied.
At the time of announcing the two new appointments, Mr Johnson stated, “This week, I promised change, so that we can get on with our jobs, which the British people have chosen us to do.”
I’m announcing changes to my senior team today that will improve how No 10 runs, boost the role of my cabinet and backbench colleagues, and expedite our defining purpose to level the playing field for all citizens of the United Kingdom.
Mr Barclay expressed his gratitude by tweeting that it was “an honor” and that he would continue to serve in the Cabinet Office.
Jeremy Corbyn, who happens to be the leader of the opposition Labour Party, openly labelled the new appointments as a farce, accusing the prime minister Boris Johnson of “panicking while hastily rearrange[ing] deckchairs.”
Ministers will be expected to serve as chiefs of staff for the prime minister, according to deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner. “The prime minister Boris has unfortunately and quite obviously ran out of seriousmand dedicated people who are willing to work and serve under his chaotic and ineffective leadership,” Rayner stated
Jonathan Powell, a former chief of staff to Tony Blair, inquired as to how Mr Barclay would be able to continue serving as an MP.
“I found being Chief of Staff at No. 10 to be a full-time job,” he wrote on Twitter. No idea how it could be paired with the responsibility of representing a constituency.” And having to travel to Parliament to answer questions about the Prime Minister would be difficult.”
More announcements are due in the coming days, with a “particular focus on strengthening interaction and liaison with Members of Parliament,” according to No 10’s statement.
More than a dozen Conservative members of Parliament have submitted letters of no confidence in Prime Minister David Cameron in response to the parties’ spat – and more are expected to do so this weekend if they haven’t already.
In an unusual move, Boris Johnson has appointed a serving politician to the recently vacant position of chief of staff, a move that has been criticized as being “out of the ordinary.”
Boris Johnson is clearly looking for loyal allies to surround him.
Following the revelations of so-called Partygate, he was forced to pledge his constituents that he would make big reforms to the Downing Street organization.
According to what I’ve heard, there will be a larger staff shake-up in the coming week.
Senior officials in the party, on the other hand, have pressed him to make changes to his cabinet – and this time to look outside his natural supporters for inspiration.
However, with more MPs considering filing letters of no confidence, it is unclear whether changes in Downing Street will persuade enough of them to refrain from attempting to remove the present occupant from the White House.
Guto Harri, a journalist, served as Mr Johnson’s spokesperson and chief of staff during his first tenure as mayor of London.
As a result of his suspension for taking the knee during a discussion about racism towards England’s black footballers, he went on to work as an anchor on the BBC’s GB News channel, which he left in July.
Mr Harri told the BBC’s Newscast podcast earlier this month that he believed “Boris has always underestimated how vital it is to have a fantastic team around him.”
He also stressed the importance of Mr Johnson making a guarantee to the Conservative Party that the “crap that has occurred” will not be repeated in the future.
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Steve Barclay obtained his solicitor’s license and began working as an insurance company’s legal counsel.
He then began his political career, and has served as the Member of Parliament for North East Cambridgeshire since 2010. However, it was not until 2015 that he was promoted to the position of junior whip, allowing him to advance up the ministerial ranks.
In addition to being a recognized pro-Brexit ally of the prime minister, Mr. Barclay was entrusted with the post of Brexit secretary during Theresa May’s tenure as prime minister.
Guto Harri, who was born in Cardiff, began his professional career as a journalist, serving as the BBC’s chief political correspondent before moving on to work for S4C, News UK, and GB News, among other organizations.
When Boris Johnson was mayor of London, Mr. Harri served as an advisor to him and his team. As a result of this, Mr Harri has occasionally expressed his displeasure with Mr Johnson, calling him “tribal” and predicting that he would be “hugely divisive” if elected prime minister in 2018.
He has also been skeptical of Brexit, claiming that he and Mr Johnson had “very different ideas” on the subject.
Later in the day on Saturday, another Conservative MP, ex-Minister Nick Gibb, called for Mr Johnson to step down.
The Daily Telegraph quoted Mr Gibb as saying that his voters were “furious about the double standards” and that “to restore trust, we need to remove the prime minister.”
Moreover, Conservative MP Stephen Hammond stated that he was “thinking very carefully” whether or not he still had confidence in the Prime Minister.
However, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said that Mr Johnson had the support of a “huge majority” of Conservative MPs.