Latest Issue

The case of the cursed briefs? This is what Theresa May’s new appointments have in common—and why it should worry her

Several of the appointments are to briefs that have a high degree of churn. That's bad news for the Prime Minister—and for the country

By Alex Dean  

A photo outside Number 10 during the reshuffle. But should some of May's new appointments be worried? Photo: PA

Theresa May had hoped to assert some strength yesterday. In the end, the reshuffle had the opposite effect: it exposed her weakness. The press was briefed to expect big changes at Health and Business. Today, Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark remain in their posts, apparently after refusing to budge. Andrea Leadsom, also thought to be on the way out, remains in place as Leader of the Commons.

The truth is…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect