Conservatives 'not quite' in a mess, says new party chairman

Theresa May faces a number of decisions on her Cabinet line-up

Theresa May faces a number of decisions on her Cabinet line-up

New Conservative chairman Brandon Lewis said there would be a "really good breath of fresh air coming in" among the lower ministerial ranks.

For a few minutes it looked as though Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was to become the party's chairman in Theresa May's January reshuffle.

But in a blow to her, the minister for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, stepped down because of ill-health.

After a hard start when her party had to delete a tweet naming the wrong person as its new chairman, May went on to promote more women, black and younger lawmakers to challenge critics who call the Conservatives "male, pale and stale".

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Monday's moves retained the delicate balance among Mrs.

As hacks got to grips with the news that Grayling's tenure as party chairman had been terminated around 27 seconds after it was announced, tributes for the politician known as "Gray Thing" poured in on social media. The tweet was immediately deleted.

The new year reshuffle has been partly prompted by the forced resignation last year of May's long-time ally Damian Green, but is also an opportunity for the Prime Minister to oust people who have been disloyal or broken with her vision for government.

However, Mr Lidington will fill in for Mrs May at Prime Minister's Questions and take on some of the responsibilities for chairing influential Cabinet committees, including some relating to Brexit. A former Europe Minister, Commons Leader and Justice Secretary, he is the type of honest broker who will be trusted by all sides over Brexit and, hopefully, have the intuition needed to accelerate policy progress on the home front - more of the same will not suffice. Sir Patrick had only been chairman since 2016 but was widely blamed for last year's election result, where the Tories lost their majority.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, is expected to keep his job despite challenging May's strategy past year.

He also drew fire after a protester interrupted May's speech to the party conference in October - an address that was also marred by a coughing fit and a collapsing set.

Green denies looking up porn but eventually resigned as the revelation came at the same time a Tory activist Kate Maltby accused him of behaving inappropriately toward her, a charge he also denied.

One rising star, backbench MP James Cleverly, was named deputy chairman of the Conservative party.

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On an impromptu walkabout later, she was showered with flowers and cards as she shook hands with the crowd, expertly steered by Harry.

Changes to the junior ministry will take place on Tuesday, London time.

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