Welsh Secretary job at heart of Westminster reshuffle rumours
The Welsh Secretary job is among of those being mentioned as a potential change as reshuffle rumours consume Westminster.
Sky News Chief Political Correspondent, Jon Craig said that Simon Hart was one of the names mentioned by Tory MPs to be facing the axe.
Secretary for State for Scotland Alister Jack meanwhile has been tipped for promotion to a more senior role.
The Prime Minister has been rumoured to be about to announce a reshuffle of the Cabinet today despite Downing Street saying there are “no plans”.
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire MP Simon Hart has been in the Cabinet as Welsh Secretary since Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns stepped down before the December 2019 General Election.
The Conservatives increased their numbers of MPs in Wales by six at that same election, giving them more choice of candidates for the job.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is also rumoured to be for the chop, with questions over Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel.
Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove, and Liz Truss, the Secretary for State for International Trade, have been tipped for promotion.
There were also rumours that the reshuffle was leaked by Downing Street in order to keep MPs in line order to vote through National Insurance tax rises, and that the Prime Minister will make no moves until October or November.
However Johnson is still expected to “freshen up” his most senior ranks “in the not too distant future,” a former senior government official told Financial News.