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Double-hatted ministers: will more joint roles lead to better government?

An increasing number of ministers now work across multiple departments. That can help drive through policy—but can also lead to surreal malfunctions   

By Tim Durrant  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

In his first reshuffle, Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed 12 ministers to joint positions across different government departments. These include his brother Jo, reappointed to a joint role on universities and innovation at the departments for education and business—a role which the younger Johnson held until he was moved to transport by Theresa May in January 2018.

Other double-hatters include Zac Goldsmith, who will report to the new Secretaries of State for International Development, Alok Sharma, and the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Theresa Villers;…

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