Rishi Sunak plots major reshuffle tomorrow as PM under pressure to sack Dominic Raab
Rishi Sunak is planning a major cabinet reshuffle around 100 days after he entered Number 10 Downing Street. The changes are expected to be announced as soon as tomorrow, insiders have said. This comes just one eek after Nadhim Zahawi was sacked as Tory Party Chairman over his tax affairs.
As well as having to replace Mr Zahawi, Mr Sunak is also under mounting pressure to sack his deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab, who is facing up to 24 allegations of bullying.
The Prime Minister is expected to use the opportunity for a wide-sweeping Cabinet shakeup, which could involve a new energy department.
According to the Sun, the Business and Trade departments will be merged, with a new science and digital department being created.
Meanwhile, culture and sport – formerly under the umbrella of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – would become a standalone department.
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Another said: “These changes will put a lot of noses out of joint – there will be winners and losers all over the place with some very upset egos.
“What happens to Grant Shapps at Business and where does Kemi fit into all this?”
Mr Sunak was forced to sack Mr Zahawi last Monday after ministerial interests adviser Sir Laurie Magnus delivered a damning verdict over his tax affairs.
This came after a fortnight of mounting pressure.
Embattled Mr Sunak last week insisted he acted “pretty decisively” by sacking Mr Zahawi over the tax row – but the Prime Minister is facing intense pressure with critics arguing he should have acted sooner.
He said he followed the “right process” by waiting for the outcome of an ethics inquiry which concluded that Mr Zahawi breached the ministerial code.
The PM stressed “integrity is important to me” and promised to take “whatever steps are necessary to restore the integrity back into politics”.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab is under investigation by senior lawyer Adam Tolley KC with reports at least 24 civil servants are involved in formal complaints against him.
The complaints span his time at the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Exiting the European Union.
Mr Raab denies allegations of bullying.
Mr Sunak has so far resisted pressure to suspend Mr Raab.
Downing Street declined to comment.