Rishi Sunak’s first Cabinet-October 26, 2022

Lots of old faces from both the recent Truss and Johnson Cabinets are back around the table, which seems to fit his idea of “continuity”: “We now need stability and unity, and I will make it my utmost priority to bring our party and our country together,” notably, ‘he retained several of Truss’s appointed ministers including Treasury chief Jeremy Hunt. He kept several senior figures in place, including Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Suella Braverman as home secretary (interior minister)’:

Here is the list of Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet Ministers:

  • Jeremy Hunt Andrew Mitchell has been appointed a Minister of State 
  • Hon Robert Jenrick has been appointed a Minister of State (Minister for Immigration) 
  • Gavin Williamson CBE has been appointed a Minister of State 
  • Tom Tugendhat MBE has been re-appointed as a Minister of State (Minister for Security) 
  • Johnny Mercer has been appointed a Minister of State (Minister for Veterans’ Affairs)
  • John Glen has been appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury 
  • Mark Harper has been appointed Secretary of State for Transport 
  • Jeremy Quin MP has been appointed Paymaster General, and Minister for the Cabinet Office
  • Victoria Prentis has been appointed Attorney General 
  • Lord True CBE has been re-appointed Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords 
  • David TC Davies has been appointed Secretary of State for Wales
  • Alister Jack MP has been re-appointed Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Chris Heaton-Harris has been re-appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 
  • Michelle Donelan has been reappointed as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Kemi Badenoch MP has been re-appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
  • Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
  • Steve Barclay MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Thérèse Coffey MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Mel Stride MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 
  • Gillian Keegan has been appointed Secretary of State for Education
  • Penny Mordaunt has been re-appointed as Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons 
  • Grant Shapps has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Suella Braverman KC has been appointed Secretary of State for the Home Department
  • Oliver Dowden has been appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 
  • Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed Minister without Portfolio.  
  • Ben Wallace has been re-appointed Secretary of State for Defence 
  • James Cleverly has been re-appointed Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
  • Simon Hart has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury

The first Cabinet meeting was held today, and then it was on to Prime Minister’s Question Time:

Many of the UK press have been gentle, so far:

Early political assessments in the left-leaning media are lukewarm to negative:

Sunak talked about “bringing integrity back” but appointed four MPs who’d had to resign, previously, because of scandals. Well, politics is the art of the possible:

Most notably, Suella Braverman is back as home secretary! ‘Sunak has brought the sensationally low-competence, low-calibre Suella Braverman back as home secretary. What has she ever achieved, bar “annoying all the right people”?’, Marina Hyde wrote. This appointment will shock and baffle many, though the simple logic may be that she embodies current Tory Party thinking on immigration issues.

This seeming ethical self-contradiction may be a thorn that keeps pricking.

As the reality of leading comes to apply pressure, the Chancellor’s fiscal statement delayed from October 31 to November 17, and been upgraded to include the UK’s medium term fiscal plan to “put public spending on a sustainable footing, get debt falling and restore stability”:

As asides, it’s remiss to not lampoon some of the resignations; that from Jacob Rees-Mogg is a pure gem that is pure buffoonery:

St. Crispin is the patron saint of shoemakers, cobblers in other words 🤣😳🤔

Finally, you have to not lose sight of what government has lost: Nadine Dorries, this is (not) your life! 😳🤔🤣🙄


Author: Dennis G Jones (aka 'The Grasshopper')

Retired International Monetary Fund economist. My blog is for organizing my ideas and thoughts about a range of topics. I was born in Jamaica, but spent 30 years being educated, living, and working in the UK. I lived in the USA for two decades, and worked and travelled abroad, extensively, throughout my careers and for pleasure. My views have a wide international perspective. Father of 3 girls. Also, married to an economist. :)

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