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Theresa May says 'I'm no quitter' as she prepares Cabinet reshuffle

Theresa May says 'I'm no quitter' as she prepares Cabinet reshuffle

Former immigration minister Lewis, who also takes the title of minister without portfolio, said he was "honoured" to be appointed party chairman less than eight years after arriving in the House of Commons as MP for Great Yarmouth in 2010.

The role was an attempt to show Brussels that London "was serious about leaving the European Union without a deal if talks fail", it added.

"Our approach for a jobs-first Brexit, which involves retaining the benefits of the single market, is through negotiation with the European Union".

Ostensibly, she maintains that a reshuffle was made necessary by the spate of resignations late past year of three ministers following separate scandals, including close ally and deputy Prime Minister Damian Green, who was forced to quit over misleading statements he made regarding pornography found on his office computer.

The resignation of the newly appointed board member of a new universities watchdog over sexist tweets also did little to help distance May from scandals over sexual harassment past year that brought down two ministers.

But her most senior colleagues - including Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis - will remain in post.

Greening had tried to refuse to switch jobs once before, when former Prime Minister David Cameron moved her from transport to worldwide development, according to an official familiar with past reshuffles.

"Damian Green's departure before Christmas means that some changes do have to be made, and I will be making some changes", she told a national newsbroadcaster.

In an embarrassing twist to a reshuffle beset with social media mistakes, Jeremy Hunt, who was kept on as Health Secretary with an extended social care role in the shake-up, was forced to explain why he had "liked" a tweet stating that Ms Greening had left the Government.




Labour's shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth was scornful of the prospect of Hunt as deputy prime minister.

Justine Greening: The Education Secretary is widely predicted to be demoted after she was publicly criticised last month by Nick Timothy, formerly one of Mrs May's closest advisers.

Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, kept his job at the foreign office, despite challenging May's strategy in 2017, as did fellow eurosceptic Liam Fox, the global trade minister.

The new Tory team is a "recognition that the party and the government needs to reflect modern Britain and needs to be more diverse and cosmopolitan", said Giles Kenningham, former director of communications at Conservative Campaign Headquarters under David Cameron, who now runs communications consultancy Trafalgar Strategy.

But May has said that she still hoped to lead her Tory party into the next election, which must be called by 2022.

"Obviously I serve as long as people want me to serve".

"I'm not a quitter".

But aides had long said Monday's moves were less important that those on Tuesday, when May promoted lawmakers to junior positions in preparation of a wider reshuffle after Brexit.