Telegraph readers on the Cabinet reshuffle: 'If anyone deserves this, then Liz Truss does'

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Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Mary Truss arrives at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on her first day at work, London, Britain, September 16, 2021 - HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS
Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Mary Truss arrives at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on her first day at work, London, Britain, September 16, 2021 - HANNAH MCKAY/REUTERS

A shake-up of Boris Johnson's top team has long been expected in Westminster and on Wednesday, the Prime Minister began a Cabinet reshuffle that has seen Liz Truss appointed the first female Conservative Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab demoted and Gavin Williamson sacked.

The big changes continued on Thursday morning as Penny Mordaunt was demoted from Paymaster General. After the reshuffle was completed, Mr Johnson said: "We will build back better from the pandemic and deliver on your priorities."

In the wake of the reshuffle, Telegraph readers took to the comments to have their say on who’s in, who’s out and who remains in Government.

What are your views on the Cabinet reshuffle? Read on to see what our readers think and share your opinion in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

‘We need politicians such as Penny Mordaunt’

@Elizabeth Kirby:

“Boris has just made another blunder - Penny Mordaunt is one of the few good politicians - intelligent, honest, capable and efficient - perhaps too much for Boris and his chums to cope with. Mind you, I do not blame her one bit for deciding she had had enough.

“She should have been promoted, not shunted out of the Cabinet by sleight of hand. We need politicians such as Penny Mordaunt.”

‘I wish Anne-Marie Trevelyan every success’

@Marise Palmer:

“Delighted that Anne-Marie Trevelyan has finally been appointed to take over Trade from Liz Truss. Big shoes to follow. However, Ms Trevelyan is more than able to carry on the excellent trading agreements agreed thus far since leaving the EU. I wish her every success.”

'The big moves seem spot on'

@Henry Threepwood III:

“The big moves seem spot on. Well done, Boris!”

‘Boris seems to surround himself with yes men’

@Robert Harrison:

“Margaret Thatcher used to select Political heavyweights in her cabinets, even if they disagreed with her. That policy produced better decision making. Boris seems to surround himself with nodding dogs and yes men, with another nod to diversity.

“Where are the jobs for the heavy weights like David Davis, John Redwood, Graham Brady, Steve Baker and others of the same ilk?

“Get some Politicians in there with some real gravitas and life experience.”

‘A dangerous move on Boris’s part’

@Mike Jackson:

“The departure of Mordaunt does look very like an instance of “I want you to go out and look for somebody fit to take my job — and fire him (her).”

“A dangerous move on his part except that I don’t think she has a malicious bone in her body. Even so, I don’t think the party will like it.”

'A great team, Boris'

@Philip Tomkins:

“A great team, Boris. Well done!”

‘Cynical decision to put Michael Gove in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’

@S. Thomas:
“Cynical decision to put Michael Gove in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Presumably the aim is to neutralise him as a potential leadership threat in the future by setting him against the base and making him even less popular than he already is. That job is a poisoned chalice.”

‘Very little in the way of new blood’

@Paul Wilson:
“Reshuffle is the right word. He's using the same deck of cards just putting them in a different order. Very little in the way of new blood. Boris knows that he must appear smarter than his cabinet.”

'If anyone deserves this, then Liz Truss does'

@Carolyn Bates:

“If anyone deserves this, then Liz Truss does, what an example of tireless work with little to no recognition as Trade Secretary where she has been outstanding in a Cabinet of nobodies.
“We are far safer in her hands than we ever were in Dominic Raab's - just a pity she was not in charge before the Taliban came to town.”

‘Disappointed to see Penny Mordaunt out’

@Christopher Sheldrake:

“Disappointed to see Penny Motdaunt out of the Cabinet Office. As others have posted here, she was an excellent minister and I do hope she gets a new job. Ideally, back as a junior defense minister as she is a reservist.”

'It's good to see Liz Truss promoted to Foreign Secretary'

@CL Taylor:

“It's good to see Liz Truss promoted to Foreign Secretary. She seems to have integrity, something sadly lacking in the rest of the Cabinet and the PM.”

'There's a crying need for real change'

@Warren Alexander:

“What a damning indictment of Johnson's regime when the best you can say about his so-called reshuffle is that people are appointed to senior positions for the sole purpose of taking the blame when things go wrong.

“When there is a crying need for real change, for dynamic leadership, for bold decisions what do we get? Tired, second raters, more fitted for being personnel managers in some small company based on a Slough industrial estate.”

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