Tory row explodes: Therese Coffey erupts in cabinet over sack claims


WORK and pensions secretary Therese Coffey has vented her fury in cabinet over constant speculation about whether she will lose her job in a reshuffle, sources have claimed.

The Sunday Express has been told by cabinet sources the senior minister told the Prime Minister and colleagues that every time her name comes up in reshuffle speculation civil servants in her Whitehall department “go slow on work” because they think there will be a reset. The claims of the cabinet meeting showdown last Tuesday have been denied by a spokeswoman for Ms Coffey. But it comes as Downing Street has played down speculation that there will be a summer reshuffle in the wake of coronavirus.

In particular they have dismissed speculation about Ms Coffey, justice secretary Robert Buckland and education secretary Gavin Williamson are to lose their jobs.

A senior source said: “It’s all total nonsense. None of these people are going to lose their jobs, the Prime Minister likes them a lot and is pleased with what they are doing in cabinet.”

There had been suggestions too that health secretary Matt Hancock might move department while attorney general Suella Braverman has been tipped for promotion.

The briefing from Downing Street follows reports that Boris Johnson’s chief of staff Dominic Cummings told a meeting of special advisors recently that suggestions Mr Williamson would lose his job were “invented b******s!”

There has been anger in Downing Street that briefings on a reshuffle are being made to undermine the government.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has been singled out by critics as someone who will lose her job but after her impressive performances on the immigration bill and “putting Labour in its place over racism” with the Black Lives Matter protests, she is understood to be “as safe as houses”.

The rightwing of the party have also made it known they would be “very unhappy” if “a true conservative Home Secretary” was to lose her job.

Similarly, briefings have been coming out about whether the Prime Minister may quit next year and cabinet ministers are preparing for a leadership contest which have been similarly dismissed.

Boris Johnson only had his last reshuffle in February once he had “got Brexit done” and Britain had left the EU.


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