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British PM completes cabinet reshuffle amid criticism

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-01-10 09:10
British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at 10 Downing street before she announces new ministerial appointments to her front bench in a Cabinet reshuffle due to begin today, in London, Britain on Jan 8, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May issued her first statement Tuesday night after completing a shake-up of her team of government ministers.

Speaking at 10 Downing Street, May commented on the new diversity of her government team.

May said: "This Government is about building a country fit for the future -- one that truly works for everyone with a stronger economy and a fairer society.

"This reshuffle helps us do just that by bringing fresh talent into Government, boosting delivery in key policy areas like housing, health and social care, and ensuring the Government looks more like the country it serves.

"It also allows a new generation of gifted Ministers to step up and make life better for people across the whole UK."

May faced criticism on the first day of her reshuffle which critics, including some of her own Conservative politicians described as lack-lustre.

Just one big change to her front-row team saw former Education Secretary Justine Greening resigning from the cabinet.

On day two, May first assembled her new line up of ministers at Downing Street, before hiring and firing a number of second-tier ministers.

May even posted a photo on her social media site showing her alongside a line-up of all-female MPs appointed to roles in the party whip's office. Their task is to liaise with MPs in the House of Commons.

May fired four ministers on day-two of her reshuffle as she made way for newcomer to her team.

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