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British PM May continues shake up of ministerial team

Press Trust of India  |  London 

British today continued the shake up of her ministerial team for the second day by promoting several junior ministers including Indian-origin Sharma, even as two senior ministers refused to be moved to their new posts.

The turned her attention to the lower ranks after a Cabinet reshuffle yesterday that descended into chaos when refused to be moved from his job as and quit rather than move from education to work and pensions.

The junior ministerial changes were billed in advance as an opportunity for May to clear out some older ministers and promote newer MPs, after yesterday's moves left the Cabinet still overwhelmingly male and white.

However, the first tranche of ministers who entered No 10 to be promoted were all men. went from housing to employment.

Jo Johnson, the younger brother of Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, was promoted to of state at the department for transport and minister for

The replaced Johnson as

became a in the justice department, moving from international development, while was made a at health, moving from the treasury.

The first woman to get a junior-level promotion was Caroline Dinenage, who was also made a minister of state for health. Her move was quickly followed by a bigger job for Margot James, made minister of state in the department for digital, culture, media and sport, and for Harriett Baldwin, who became a minister of state at the

A number of more experienced colleagues were sacked to make way for fresh talent. Mark Garnier, who was cleared before over alleged inappropriate behaviour towards his personal assistant, lost his job as a

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 21:50 IST