Number 10 is about to see more than a few changes following the resignation of David Cameron, and the subsequent appointment of Theresa May.
After her formal appointment of her new position as Prime Minister on 13 July, May has received the Queen’s invitation to form a new cabinet.
Due to May’s long record of working towards women’s political advancement, several female Conservative politicians are optimistic regarding her reshuffle within the Tory cabinet.
Amber Rudd, the current energy secretary, and Justine Greening, the international development secretary, are expected to receive promotions.
With some of the most senior roles in the cabinet set to be occupied by women, the new Prime Minister will move to create a more gender-balanced cabinet. This move follows campaigns for the improvement in policymaking.
A spokesperson for May stated “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”.
Cameron had made some progress with the gender balance during previous reshuffles, with his final senior team having seven women serving as full members, almost a third of the total.
However, May intends to go further: other women tipped for ministerial promotions include Harriett Baldwin, Margot James and Karen Bradley, who worked with May at the Home Office as head of the modern slavery bill.