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Boris Johnson promotes Brexit-supporting female MPs

Suella Braverman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan given Cabinet roles

Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Anne-Marie Trevelyan. EPA
Britain's Secretary of State for International Development Anne-Marie Trevelyan. EPA

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reshuffled his Cabinet, with two women promoted to high-profile government jobs.

MPs Suella Braverman and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who supported Brexit, were given roles at Mr Johnson's top table on Thursday.

He under pressure to increase the number of female politicians but sacked three women from the Cabinet.

They were Business Minister Andrea Leadsom, Environment Minister Theresa Villiers and Housing Minister Esther McVey.

Mr Johnson wants relatively new MPs, such as Gillian Keegan, to gain more experience at the lower rungs of government before promotion into senior Cabinet positions, British media reported.

Suella Braverman

Ms Braverman, the former chairwoman of the hardline pro-Brexit European Research Group, Suella Braverman has been made Attorney General.

The former barrister became an MP in 2015 and was a Brexit minister for a short time in 2018. She quit over former prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

A rising star in the Conservative Party, she replaces Geoffrey Cox who was sacked from as the government’s chief law officer on Thursday morning.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Britain's Attorney General Suella Braverman. Getty Images
Britain's Attorney General Suella Braverman. Getty Images

Brexit supporter Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been a long-term supporter of Mr Johnson.

Ms Trevelyan was serving as a junior defence minister in the government but was promoted to International Development Secretary.

An MP since 2015, Ms Trevelyan served as Parliamentary Private Secretary until November 2018 when she also resigned over Ms May’s Brexit deal.

She posted a video message to Twitter on Thursday morning, saying she was “so proud” of Mr Johnson for “getting us across the line”, referring to the UK’s exit from the EU last month.

Gillian Keegan

Gillian Keegan has only been an MP since the 2017 general election but is already considered to be a valuable asset to the Johnson administration.

Ms Keegan worked in a car factory from the age of 16 and went on to have a successful career in business.

Having grown up in Liverpool, she is believed to have a good understanding of the “red wall” of voters in northern England.

Mr Johnson won his 80-seat majority in the 2019 election after the red wall voters, who had traditionally supported the Labour Party, switched to the Conservatives.

Ms Keegan has worked in government since May 2019 as a parliamentary private secretary, first for the home secretary and then for the secretary of state for health and social care.

Updated: February 14, 2020 02:14 AM

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