Theresa May set to appoint female allies to key cabinet positions
Allies including Amber Rudd, currently the Energy Secretary, and Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, were among those expected to be in line for prominent positions as Britain’s second female Prime Minister assumes office, the Guardian reported.
“It was Theresa who set up the campaign to elect more female MPs to parliament, and she has always believed that there should be more women in prominent government positions,” an official said.
Speculation in Westminster suggested that a woman could be under consideration for the role of Chancellor for the first time, although the frontrunners so far include Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and Chris Grayling, leader of the House of Commons.
Officials within the Home Office suggested that Grayling could become Home Secretary, although Rudd was considered a contender to succeed May in taking responsibility for immigration policy.
Grayling might also be offered the position of the “Brexitary of State” - an idea Theresa May floated on the “Ministry for Brexit” as a way to ensure “Brexit means Brexit”, so this position could be pivotal, The Telegraph said.
Sarah Wollaston, the chair of the Commons Health Select Committee could be offered the job of a Health Secretary. Anna Soubry, a stout backer of May, could be considered for the post of Defence Secretary and former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who was once thought to succeed Cameroon, could be a very likely contender for the Communities Secretary, the newspaper said.
UK should ‘try and be as close to the EU as we can be’: Cameron
Outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday said that post-Brexit the UK should “try and be as close to the European Union as we can be”.
In his last address to parliament, he said he would advice his successor that British trade, cooperation and security would be best served by a close relationship with Europe. Cameron, who was given a standing ovation in the House of Commons, defended his achievements in office, saying there had been many “amazing moments” during his six years in power.
Cameron, who had campaigned for Britain to remain a part of the economic bloc, had announced he will be stepping down for a new PM to handle the Brexit negotiations.
He began his day with his weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons for the 182nd and final time as PM, at the end of which he was bid farewell by British MPs from across party lines
with a round of applause.
He admitted he will miss “the roar of the crowd” and the “barbs from the Opposition” as he moves on from office. “But I will be willing all of you on,” he said to fellow MPs in his parting words.
“You can achieve a lot of things in politics...and that in the end, the public service, the national interest, that is what it’s all about. Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it. After all, as I once said: ‘I was the future once’,” said Cameron, who has said he intends to carry on as a backbench Conservative party MP for Witney in Oxfordshire.