Cameron set for first major Government reshuffle this week

U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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U.K. Prime Minister, David CameronU.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron is preparing to reshuffle his government this week as British lawmakers returned to work Monday following their summer break in the first major shake-up of government since the coalition came to power in 2010.

The changes, which could come as early as Tuesday, are likely to mean a return to office for Lib Dem David Laws. During the parliamentary holiday, Cameron has faced unrest from within his own centre-right Conservative Party, with one former minister asking whether he was “man or mouse”.

The Conservatives are in coalition with the centrist Liberal Democrats, led by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who has faced questions from within his own party about his leadership.

Senior MP, David Davis has cautioned that “shock therapy” is needed to end the recession, urging further tax and spending cuts to promote growth.

On Sunday, Mr. Cameron said he wanted to “cut through the dither” that was holding the British economy back.

Cameron’s official spokesperson refused to comment on the timing or content of the reshuffle.

Reports suggested that high-ranking ministers such as Clegg, finance minister George Osborne or Foreign Secretary William Hague were safe in their posts. But several other cabinet ministers could be moved. The reshuffle comes amid growing Tory concern over economic strategy.

A YouGov poll put support for the Conservatives at 35 percent, centre-left Labour at 41 percent, the Liberal Democrats at nine percent and other parties at 14 percent.

YouGov sampled 1,739 people on Thursday and Friday for the poll. Out of which, some 60 percent thought Cameron is performing poorly as prime minister, while 67 percent thought the coalition was working together badly.

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