Heappey promoted – but no to Pow
The Liz Truss reshuffle has now dealt with all the cabinet positions. While there is as yet no news on junior ministers, there are not expected to be any seismic changes.
James Heappey, MP for Wells has been sort of promoted. The ex serviceman was made Minister of State for the Armed Forces and Veterans in 2020. It has been confirmed that he will retain that post. But now he is one of a handful of ministers invited to join cabinet meetings. His position was probably helped by his support for Liz Truss in the leadership election.
Less in the way of good news for Rebecca Pow. She was previously a junior minister at the Department of the Environment. The MP for Taunton famously resigned “on principle” with many others to force Boris Johnson out. But timed her resignation such that she ended up resigning after the prime minister.
Pow backed Rishi Sunak in the leadership election and is not expected to make a return to the government benches. Her formed boss, Environment Secretary George Eustice has also been replaced in the cabinet reshuffle.