Boris Johnson set for major reshuffle to promote Northern MPs... and Gove could ...

BORIS JOHNSON is planning to bring an influx of northern and younger MPs in an upcoming Cabinet reshuffled in order to warn backbenchers of the price of rebellion.

PUBLISHED: 22:09, Fri, Nov 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:09, Fri, Nov 27, 2020

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Amid threats of a party rebellion over his handling of the pandemic, allies of the Prime Minister have claimed he will use the reshuffle to reassert his power within the party. It is expected Mr Johnson will also look to bring in MPs from Northern seats to freshen up his Cabinet. While the date of the reshuffle has not yet been decided, the Prime Minister will also look to MPs elected in 2015 and 2017, who have shown to be rising stars within the party.

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Michael Gove, the Cabinet Office minister could also be set for a move during the reshuffle.

Due to the influence and power he has gathered in his position, one insider warned the Prime Minister does not yet trust the man whom he competed against for the Tory leadership.

A source said: “Boris still doesn’t trust Michael and he’s concerned about the power base he has built at the Cabinet Office.”

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This claim was rejected by a Whitehall source.

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A second insider told the Financial Times: “The whipping operation has found a hard stick.

“It’ll be made very clear that voting against the government means two years in the wilderness.

“If the 2019 intake wants to be promoted, they can’t rebel for the sake of it.”

Following the exit of advisers Lee Cain and Dominic Cummings, it is also understood Mr Johnson will use this as an opportunity to reset his Cabinet following the internal power struggle within No10.

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