Following a wave of resignations over the previous two days, Boris Johnson has filled open positions in his cabinet.
These ministers will continue serving until a new Conservative leader and prime minister are elected, even if Mr. Johnson has resigned as the party’s leader.
James Cleverly has been named education secretary, while Greg Clark has been named the new levelling up secretary.
Robert Buckland also rejoins the cabinet as secretary for Wales.
Kit Malthouse has been named the Duchy of Lancaster’s chancellor; Shailesh Vara has been named the new secretary for Northern Ireland; and Andrew Stephenson has been designated as a minister without a portfolio.
In his speech of resignation, Mr. Johnson stated that he had nominated a new cabinet to serve until a replacement for him as Tory leader was elected.
To prevent a government shutdown, several Tory MPs have urged Mr. Johnson to leave immediately.
Following his resignation, Mr. Johnson must not be allowed to “cling on” in No. 10, according to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, who also vowed to remove him via a confidence vote in Parliament.
Greg Clark, the new Levelling Up Secretary, has stated that he will work hard to “bring stability.”
We have a responsibility to make sure that the nation has a working government in the weeks ahead, “tweeted the newly appointed minister,” who took Michael Gove’s place after the latter was fired.
Following a turbulent 48 hours that saw scores of ministers quit, including former chancellor Rishi Sunak, the appointments helped to stabilise Mr. Johnson’s leadership.
One of the ministers pressing the PM to resign was Nadhim Zahawi, the chancellor who would take over for Mr. Sunak.
Up until Thursday morning, when it became obvious that he had lost the trust of his MPs and that the government could no longer function, Mr. Johnson rejected the calls.
Mr. Johnson won a record landslide win in a general election less than three years ago, but in recent months, he has been hounded by controversy, including a punishment for breaking his own lockdown regulations.
This week’s uprising was brought on by information about how the prime minister handled accusations of sexual misconduct against former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher.