Who are the newly appointed May loyalists?
After being hit by the resignation of two of the most high-profile Brexiteers in the cabinet, Theresa May has opted to call upon two remain supporting MPs, viewed as far closer to May's preferred Brexit stance, Dominic Raab and Jeremy Hunt.
The Member of Parliament for Esher and Walton since 2010, Raab was previously the Secretary of State for Housing from January this year till his elevation to Brexit secretary, and before that served under David Cameron as a parliamentary undersecretary for civil liberties.
A member of the Campaign committee of Vote Leave, Raab also co-authored the controversial ‘Britannia Unchained’ pamphlet, which claimed that "The British are among the worst idlers in the world.
“We work among the lowest hours, we retire early and our productivity is poor. Whereas Indian children aspire to be doctors or businessmen, the British are more interested in football and pop music.”
In his section, Raab also argued that labour laws should be relaxed, arguing “People who are coasting – it should be easier to let them go.”
The book was slammed by academics at the time for “factual errors” and “slipshod research”.
Raab has previously attacked “feminist bigotry”, and in a now deleted article for Politicshome, complained that men were now getting a “raw deal” in terms of pay disparities.
On Brexit Raab shares many similarities with the departed David Davis, and outlined his views to Nick Robinson on his “political thought” podcast last week.
He told Robinson that“If the bridge is a bit rocky and it takes more or less time, that’s one thing. What we want to know is in the end we get there and we’ve got control over our laws, our borders and our money. “
“The customs union commitment that every Conservative whether Remainer or Leave made – there are very good reasons for coming out of the customs union, but the biggest one is that we promised it to voters.”
Meanwhile, Doctors have taken to social media to rejoice at the news that Jeremy Hunt has been replaced as the Health minister, although it's dubious that his replacement, Matt Hancock, will be any more successful in efforts to properly fund the NHS.
In a statement, Hunt admitted "staff haven’t found me the easiest Health Sec", but claimed the "NHS, and particularly patient safety, has become my passion".