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Ruben Ruiz
January 10, 2018

British prime minister Theresa May has sought to refresh her government after Monday's botched cabinet reshuffle by introducing more women and members of ethnic minorities to junior ministerial posts.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg had also named Grayling, citing two unnamed sources, but later tweeted that another source said immigration minister Brandon Lewis would be the new chairman.

However, while Downing Street said Mr Lidington would stand in for the Prime Minister at PMQs, he has not been given the formal title of First Secretary of State, a role which effectively gave Mr Green the role of deputy Prime Minister.

"Congratulations to Chris Grayling following his appointment as Conservative Party Chairman", the account tweeted. The tweet was immediately deleted.

Ms Greening, who could now become a backbench Brexit thorn in the Prime Minister's side, was succeeded as Education Secretary by Damian Hinds.

Lewis was appointed housing and planning minister in July 2014 by then PM David Cameron. Sir Patrick had only been chairman since 2016 but was widely blamed for last year's election result, where the Tories lost their majority. Rising star James Cleverly, who is open about his prime ministerial ambitions, is a step closer to realising those with his first promotion - he joins Cabinet as Lewis' deputy.

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While viewed as a chance at a fresh start, the reshuffle brings risks of upsetting the delicate balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers.

He also drew fire after a protester interrupted May's speech to the party conference in October - an address that was also marred by a coughing fit and a collapsing set.

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has kept his portfolio despite a series of high-profile gaffes.

Brexit minister David Davis is also likely to remain, along with Finance Minister Philip Hammond and International Trade Minister Liam Fox. However this will only happen if Ministers focus more on policy and delivery, and less so on personalities and rivalries.

But in a blow to her, the minister for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, stepped down because of ill-health.

May has said she intends to stay in office "as long as people want me to serve", but a year ago saw numerous reports of plots to oust her - and many ministers will have their eye on a future leadership challenge.

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