May reshuffles Cabinet

Brandon Lewis

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Junior Minister Brandon Lewis named party chief

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to refresh her government with a ministerial reshuffle on Monday as she faces a crucial year for Brexit, but the shake-up began with a humiliating blunder.

A new chairman of Ms. May’s Conservative party was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be deleted and another man named for the post.

It was an inauspicious start to a process described as a “refresh” by Downing Street following a tough year in which Ms. May lost her parliamentary majority and faced calls to quit. After striking an interim Brexit deal with the European Union in December however, Ms. May begins 2018 in a stronger position.

Damian Green was the third Minister to leave the Cabinet in the space of a few weeks, after the Defence Secretary and International Development Minister both quit — all three following separate scandals.

The chairman of the Conservative party, Patrick McLoughlin, was the first to go on Monday, telling Sky News that his time in government had been a “great privilege”. His replacement was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be almost immediately deleted. A different man, junior Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis, was then confirmed to the role.

Justice Secretary David Lidington was named to take over the government coordinating position previously held by Mr. Green although he will not be given Mr. Green’s role of her de facto deputy.

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