‘The work starts right away’, says new Conservative chair Greg Hands following cabinet reshuffle

Rishi Sunak has appointed Greg Fingers as the brand new chairman of the Conservative celebration because the prime minister carried out a reshuffle of his prime crew.

Mr Fingers, who had been serving within the Authorities as a global commerce minister, will change Nadhim Zahawi who was sacked as celebration chair over a scandal referring to his tax affairs. 

Different movers embody Grant Shapps who turns into the brand new vitality safety and internet zero secretary, Michelle Donelan who’s the brand new science, innovation and expertise secretary and Kemi Badenoch who takes on a bolstered function as enterprise and commerce secretary.

The reshuffle comes after the prime minister determined to interrupt up the division for enterprise, vitality and industrial technique, creating the trio of recent roles listed above within the course of.


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In the meantime, former levelling up minister Lucy Frazer is changing Ms Donelan as the brand new secretary of state for tradition, media, and sport

In a tweet at 11.24 am, Greg Fingers stated he was “excited” to be requested by the prime minister to be chairman of the celebration. 

He added: “I joined the Get together in 1986 – a ward chairman in 1992, a councillor in 1998, a Group Chief in 1999, an MP in 2005, a Minister in 2011 – an honour to chair it in 2023! The work begins instantly”.

In the meantime, environmental group Greenpeace has criticised the thought of a brand new division devoted to vitality, arguing that it’s “authorities coverage and underinvestment that’s holding again actual motion on the local weather and vitality crises”.

Dr Doug Parr, Greenpeace UK’s director of coverage, stated: “Except the new-look Division for Vitality is given the liberty and funding to quickly scale up renewable vitality manufacturing – each offshore and on – to certain up home provide, in addition to roll out a nationwide scheme to insulate the tens of hundreds of thousands of energy-wasting properties throughout the nation, what’s the purpose?”.

Rishi Sunak had dedicated to a brand new vitality division throughout his unsuccessful marketing campaign to exchange Boris Johnson final summer time. There was a separate vitality division earlier than it was merged with the enterprise division by Theresa Might in 2016.

Labour’s Ed Miliband, who ran the previous Division of Vitality and Local weather Change below Gordon Brown, is amongst those that have been arguing for its return.

Commenting on experiences previous to the announcement of the brand new division, Mr Miliband stated the Conservatives now “admit they bought it mistaken” once they disbanded the Division of Vitality and Local weather Change in 2016.

Labour’s shadow local weather change secretary tweeted: “So seven years after the disastrous choice to abolish the Division of Vitality, the Conservatives now admit they bought it mistaken, however a rearranging of deckchairs on the sinking Titanic of failed Conservative vitality coverage won’t rescue the nation”.

One notable cupboard member to maintain their submit is Dominic Raab, who’s below fireplace over a sequence of bullying allegations. 

Requested whether or not the prime minister ought to use immediately’s reshuffle to take away Dominic Raab from the Cupboard, worldwide growth minister Andrew Mitchell responded: “No. There’s a course of round these allegations which were made about Dominic and that course of must be adopted. We dwell in a rustic which believes in a system of equity and justice and that’s what has been arrange and I don’t suppose it must be preempted in any manner”.

Additionally touring the media studios this morning, was financial secretary to the treasury Andrew Griffiths. Requested if it was a mistake to disband the division of vitality and local weather change in 2016, he stated: “To me, it’s all about outcomes, it’s not about course of. Clearly if there are methods of streamlining the best way this Authorities can ship on the individuals’s priorities, then that’s essential”.