By Elizabeth Piper
LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May named immigration
Minister Brandon Lewis, president of his Conservative Party in
On Monday, at the beginning of a remodeling, he hopes to revitalize a
agenda damaged by divisions over Brexit and a misjudged election.
May, weakened by the loss of the majority of the Conservative Party in
an electoral wager last June, moved to reorganize his team up
ministers after finishing last year with an agreement to change the talks with
the European Union to a second phase.
You are expected to keep the "big beasts" of your team: your finances,
Brexit, foreign and interior ministers, but can promote women,
black and young legislators to challenge critics who call her
"masculine, pale and rancid" party.
The reorganization, which will last most of Monday, is part of the
The 61-year attempts to reaffirm his authority not only
his party, but also the parliament, where he depends on support
of a small Northern Irish party to pass laws, especially those
necessary for the departure of Great Britain from the EU bloc.
"I'm not a quitter, I'm in this for the long term," May said.
BBC on Sunday, a new mantra of a prime minister that has been
mocked in the local media as a & # 39; Maybot & # 39; for his stubborn repetition
of phrases and policy statements.
Despite winning the EU agreement to boost the Brexit talks with a
discussion of future business relationships and a transition agreement, May
has been criticized at home for its approach to healthcare,
housing and transportation among other matters.
In an early blow, his minister for Northern Ireland, James
Brokenshire, resigned because of health problems. He has been
trying to help officials form a power-sharing government to avoid
any return to violence between pro British and Irish trade unionists
nationalists who marked the province for decades. [nL9N1IW02G]
But the biggest change so far was the appointment of Lewis to
lead the Conservative Party whose membership is plummeting after
what many members recognize was a disastrous election campaign
His appointment almost derailed after the party was forced to
remove a tweet congratulating transport minister Chris Grayling
to the position, which members say has become increasingly
The main opposition Labor Party, under the leadership of the left
legislator Jeremy Corbyn, enjoys some of the highest numbers
of support in its history.
It will be up to Lewis, 46, to provide the
leadership needed to attract younger voters and those from the north
England if the ruling party has the opportunity to win the
the next election in 2022.
Lewis, who is popular at the party and was a supporter of May
leadership offer last year, will take over from veteran minister
Patrick McLoughlin, who had been criticized by some members for
not achieving to extend the attraction of the party.
(Additional reporting by William James, Alistair Smout; Edition
by Richard Balmforth)