Day two of May’s cabinet reshuffle certainly went smoother than the first, and the objectives that May arguably failed to achieve in part one of her cabinet reshuffle have come much closer to fruition by its conclusion. Though the headlines will likely be dominated by coverage of the major cabinet changes and various trivialities, the importance of certain moves at both the cabinet and junior levels will go largely overlooked.

Two senior appointments warrant particular attention, but perhaps more importantly, with the full extent of the government’s shake-up now revealed, a clearer picture emerges of what this reshuffle might mean for the future of the Conservative Party and Brexit, which are now inexorably linked.

Esther McVey – Slick and Controversial

It must be acknowledged that Esther McVey could have, at best, been a backup choice for the role, which was given to her having been refused by former Education Secretary Justine Greening.

Critics of the government are already up in arms about her appointment to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, particularly at such an important time for the department, with Universal Credit — the biggest reform in decades — still rolling out and facing many well-noted issues.

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