UK’s Cameron gives London Mayor Boris Johnson a political role

Prime Minister David Cameron gives London Mayor Boris Johnson a political role in government but stops short of giving him a ministerial portfolio in his cabinet reshuffle.

DOWNING STREET, WESTMINSTER, LONDON (MAY 11, 2015) (UK POOL) – British Prime Minister David Cameron continued with his cabinet reshuffle on Monday (May 11) by giving Mayor of London Boris Johnson a political rather than ministerial role in his government.

Cameron announced on Twitter that Johnson, widely seen as his possible successor, would be attending his political cabinet adding: “As promised, he will devote his attention to his final year as Mayor of London”.

Johnson will not run a department and will not attend the regular weekly meetings of the full Cabinet while he continues his responsibilities as mayor of London until the end of his term in May 2016.

But there is little doubt in Westminster that the newly-elected MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip will be elevated to the Cabinet in a reshuffle soon after that date.

Leaving his Islington home, Johnson said: “I’ve got to fulfil my mandate in London and… I’ve been pretty clear about that.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled that we’re going to have a… dynamic and confident government which I look forward to supporting in any way that I can, as Mayor of London,” he added.

The political cabinet is a meeting of the official cabinet with the addition of a few extra people, a spokesman for Cameron’s Downing Street office said.

Unlike the official cabinet it excludes politically neutral civil servants and the matters discussed are party political.

Other appointments also announced on the social media website on Monday were Robert Halfon as Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, John Whittingdale as the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Priti Patel as Minister of State for Employment at the Department for Work and Pensions.

Amber Rudd has been appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Sajid Javid is the new Secretary of State for Business.

After making the appointments, the Prime Minister travelled to the Palace of Westminster to begin his second term as Prime Minister following his election victory last week.

Cameron won an outright majority in Thursday’s (May 7) parliamentary election with 12 seats more than all the other parties combined, freeing him to ditch his previous Liberal Democrat coalition partners and govern alone.

He has promised to renegotiate the country’s relationship with the EU and then call a referendum by 2017 on whether to stay or leave, a decision with far-reaching implications for trade, investment and Britain’s place in the world.