Sunak and Javid ‘standoff’ behind delay of key Cabinet meeting

Truss to name top team

The new Conservative party leader, Liz Truss is expected to  announce her new Cabinet later today.

After a lengthy leadership race, Truss was victorious yesterday after beating Rishi Sunak by  81,326 votes to 60,399.

Amongst the new appointments, Kwasi Kwarteng is widely expected to be appointed as the new Chancellor, James Cleverly to replace Truss as Foreign Secretary, Suella Braverman to become Home Secretary and Nadhim Zahawi moving to Cabinet Office.

If these predictions are correct, it will be the first time in history that no one in the top four government spots is a white man.

A number of current Cabinet members are expected to step-down prior from the cabinet , including Priti Patel, Nigel Adams and Nadine Dorries. Dorries had reportedly been offered the chance to remain in her post, but has opted to leave the government..

It is thought that Truss spent some of yesterday having conversations with those who were no longer going to serve in her Cabinet.

Her former leadership rival, Rishi Sunak, is not expected to be offered a job. The former chancellor told the BBC a few weeks ago that the cabinet was “not something I’m thinking about”, and some allies suggested he would prefer to remain on the backbenches in case Truss’s leadership implodes.

The Civil Service have already scheduled meetings with the suspected incoming new ministers that are set to occur over the course of today and tomorrow, some before the announcement is made to the public.

Boris Johnson will formally resign to the Queen at Balmoral today, and Truss will visit the monarch shortly afterwards for official confirmation of her appointment.

The new prime minister will then return to London, where she will address the nation in a speech outside No 10 Downing Street before putting the finishing touches to her first government.

The ‘prime minister-elect’ is expected to announce plans for an energy bill price freeze on Thursday.

Just one in seven people expect that Liz Truss will be a better Prime Minister than Boris Johnson. A snap Yougov poll yesterday, found that 14% of people expect Truss to do a better job than Johnson, while 27% say she will be worse.