The question of who serves in Cabinet is a political one, and Sunak is accountable to Parliament and the voters for his choices.
A rough and ready look at the Government’s junior appointments, with an eye for who backed whom in the contest.
I’ll be looking at these changes mainly through four lenses: balance, experience, capacity and authority. Who did each member vote for? What experience do they have? How able are they – and who turned down a job?
With the Cabinet complete, Boris Johnson staffs the lower echelons of the government.
Andrew is Housing Minister, Cleverly Europe Minister and Ellis and Wheeler move to the Cabinet Office.
Some of the moves make more sense, others less. But the overall picture is a leader fighting for position with his party, not the nation.
The Leader of the House has been a critic of tax rises, and is a key ally of the Prime Minister.
The row over the Northern Ireland Protocol must not be allowed to poison co-operation with our continental partners on defence against Russia.
As a Committee Chair, you can campaign for the things you believe in, speak to the media more freely – and still get things done.
Johnson’s patronage is limited, and the makeup of the parliamentary Conservative Party necessitates keeping such MPs on side.
Rolling news, analysis and comment as the shuffle takes place this afternoon – and over the next few days.
Part of the charm of the new Housing Secretary is that one never quite knows what he is going to do next.
A number of ministers tipped for removal in the reshuffle were nowhere to be seen.
Among them are: what does he do about economic policy? Who runs Downing Street? And: what about the Home and Foreign Offices?