Liz Truss is finalising plans on the make up of her new Cabinet, after being confirmed as the next prime minister today.
The current foreign secretary will have to balance appointing loyalists and being seen to unite her party after a bruising campaign against former chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, is widely expected to become her Chancellor, while a stream of other names have been talked up as speculation intensifies over who will get the top jobs.
Who will join them around the cabinet table is not entirely clear – and may change if those lined up for particular jobs decline them or insist on others.
But, here Metro.co.uk takes you through some of the favourites for the top team.
- Chancellor: Kwasi Kwarteng
The Business Secretary is widely thought to be ‘nailed on’ as Truss’ money chief.
Kwarteng looks set to take Nadhim Zahawi’s place, with the daunting brief of steering the country through an increasingly dire cost-of-living crisis.
- Foreign Secretary: James Cleverly
A vocal supporter of Truss, the current Education Secretary is also widely touted as almost certain to take over the department currently run by the incoming PM.
- Home Secretary: Suella Braverman
The Attorney General is tipped for the last of the big four offices of state.
The former leadership candidate will replace Priti Patel, who claimed she had chosen to step down from the position earlier today.
- Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace
The popular cabinet minister is expected to continue in his role after giving his would-be boss a major boost by endorsing her in the wake of the first official party hustings.
He was a favourite for the top job in early polling of Tory members, but ruled himself out of the contest.
- Health Secretary: Therese Coffey
The Work and Pensions Secretary, a close ally of Truss, is thought to be in line for the health brief, where she will face the challenge of sorting a plan for the NHS without the guarantee of extra funds from the soon-to-be-axed national insurance hike.
The health service is in crisis on multiple fronts and the role may be seen as something off a hospital pass by some.
- Levelling Up Secretary: Simon Clarke
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury is tipped to take on the office currently held by Greg Clark and a key part of Johnson’s agenda.
- Justice Secretary: Brandon Lewis
The former Northern Ireland Secretary, who initially backed Zahawi before pledging his support to Truss, could be in line for Dominic Raab’s job.
Raab, also Deputy Prime Minister, was no friend to Truss during the campaign, firmly taking Rishi Sunak’s side and is expected to be forced to return to the backbenches.
- Business Secretary: Jacob Rees-Mogg
The minister for Brexit opportunities and Government efficiency is tipped to be in line for Kwarteng’s job having previously been touted for levelling-up secretary, much to his critics’ horror.
- Environment Secretary: Ranil Jayawardena
International trade minister and relative unknown Ranil Jayawardena could replace George Eustice in the environment brief, reports suggest.
Cop26 chief Alok Sharma might have expected to be in the frame for the role after last year’s conference, growing concern around the climate and drought across much of the UK.
- The unknowns:
Leadership rival Penny Mordaunt can expect the offer of a Cabinet brief, but is rumoured to have turned down some jobs already, with whispers that she may become Transport Secretary.
Another previous contender for the top job, Tom Tugendhat, has been tipped for security minister or a role in the foreign office. He may have hoped for a bigger brief.
Kemi Badenoch, who also put herself forward for Number 10, has been linked to a number of roles, with Truss saying during the campaign that she would be offered a job.
Sajid Javid may be tempted by the role of Northern Ireland secretary, reports say.
Robert Jenrick has been rumoured to be a possible cabinet appointment. By offering him a minor role, Truss may feel that she can be seen to have extended an olive branch to Sunak supporters.
Iain Duncan Smith has also been linked to a couple of jobs but is said to want a department, with Truss said to favour him as Leader of the House of Commons.
Other names in the frame for cabinet jobs include Jake Berry, Grant Shapps, Chloe Smith, Michelle Donelan, Ed Argar and Anne-Marie Trevelyan
The identities of the would-be Northern Ireland, Education, Culture and Transport Secretaries do not seem particularly clear, which allows Truss some wiggle room if jobs are turned down.
Defeated Sunak, meanwhile, will not be offered a job, according to reports.
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