Theresa May is tipped to elect more female MPs to her cabinet today as she continues the hiring and firing process during her first day as Prime Minister.
Already filling several top roles in her re-shuffle, it is anticipated that a significant amount of the senior roles left will be given to women. These include Health Secretary and Work and Pensions Secretary.
A spokesman for May has reportedly said: “It was Theresa who set up the campaign to elect more female MPs to Parliament – and she has always believed that there should be more women in prominent government positions.”
May becomes the second only female to take on the premiership since Baroness Thatcher, but her views on supporting women in leadership positions is very different from Thatcher’s who during her 11 years in office only appointed one woman – Janet Young, who was appointed Leader of the House of Lords from 1981 to 1983 in Thatcher’s first term. However, there were only 19 females to choose from in the cabinet between 1979 and 1983 a figure which later rose to 41 by 1992.
So far in May’s first round of cabinet appointments Boris Johnson has been appointed Foreign Secretary and Leave campaigner David Davis was given the new role of Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
Leave supporter, Liam Fox, has been appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and George Osborne made a shock exit from the cabinet last night for Philip Hammond to take his place ads Chancer of the Exchequer.
Former Energy Secretary Amber Rudd, and Remain campaigner, was promoted has been promoted to Home Secretary.
With more appointments to follow there is still speculation surrounding whether rival Andrea Leadsom will be given a position and what positions are in store for allies Chris Grayling, Justine Greening and Brandon Lewis.
The wait also continues for Michael Gove and Jeremy Hunt, whose careers have been left hanging in the balance.
May has formally ruled out holding a snap general election and yesterday told Conservative activists that the party will “win big” in 2020 warning that the party cannot forget the opposition.
She said: “Let’s not forget about the opposition. Let us make sure we put this time to good use, to build the support we need to go to the country in four years’ time, and not just win, but win big.
“The Labour Party brought our country to the brink of bankruptcy and we can never let them do it again. Whether it’s led by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown or Jeremy Corbyn, when Labour prospers the country suffers. So let’s make sure they don’t prosper. Let us redouble our efforts. And let us make sure we put this time to good use, to build the support we need to go to the country in four years’ time, and not just win, but win big.”
Last night May received congratulations from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.