Reshuffle Sept 2021 Boris wields the axe
Gavin Williamson's sacking as education secretary and Dominic Raab being moved from foreign secretary were the major headlines of Boris Johnson's reshuffle.
What factors and motives governed the changes?
Failure in the job .Gavin Williamson . The sacking of Education Secretary was highly predictable. He had faced regular criticism of his handling of the education brief during the COVID-19 crisis, including over the pandemic-enforced shutting of schools and a fiasco over the awarding of A-level and GCSE grades.
Scandal, Mr Jenrick’s position has been precarious for some time since he was forced last year to admit that his decision to grant planning permission to a controversial development had been unlawful. The secretary of state for housing, communities and local government was responsible for a series of highly contentious planning decisions, not least his approval of the Westferry Printworks development in 2020 – despite it being heavily criticised by Tower Hamlets, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the government’s own planning inspector.
Collateral damage: Robert Buckland had not done a bad job and no one predicted his sacking, but Johnson needed his job as compensation for Dominic Raab- in the end Buckland is no threat outside the cabinet whereas Raab could have been.
Getting ready for the next elction. She has been serving as a Minister without Portfolio in the UK Cabinet since February 2020, and alongside Ben Elliott as Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party. She was criticised over 'disastrous' by-election campaign tactics. Tory MPs wree said to be fuming (Daily Mail) over how the Conservatives apparently threw away a lead to Labour in the Batley & Spen by election.. That came just two weeks after being humiliated by the Liberal Democrats in the 'true-blue' Home Counties seat of Chesham and Amersham. One senior backbencher said: 'We can't have a situation, as we did in Batley, where we send the PM to a by-election campaign less than a week before polling day and then lose the bloody contest. It is simply not on.'..
Moved. Too dangerous to sack