/Liz Truss set to avoid axe in Cabinet reshuffle as Boris Johnson defies top adviser Dominic Cummings

Liz Truss set to avoid axe in Cabinet reshuffle as Boris Johnson defies top adviser Dominic Cummings

Liz Truss set to avoid the axe in Cabinet reshuffle as Boris Johnson defies top adviser Dominic Cummings

  • Ms Truss is expected to stay in cabinet , although perhaps not in her current role
  • Likely also to be major boost for powerful Cabinet Office boss Michael Gove
  • Chancellor Sajid Javid likely to be spared axe despite power struggle with No 10

Boris Johnson is expected to defy influential adviser Dominic Cummings by refusing to sack Liz Truss in a Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday and scaling back plans for a ‘St Valentine’s Day massacre’.

There is also likely to be a major boost for powerful Cabinet Office boss Michael Gove, who is expected to bring responsibility for November’s UN climate summit in Glasgow into his Whitehall empire.

And Mr Gove wishes to use the Cabinet Office for cross-departmental No Deal Brexit planning to speed up the decision-making process.

Boris Johnson is expected to defy influential adviser Dominic Cummings by refusing to sack Liz Truss in a Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday and scaling back plans for a 'St Valentine's Day massacre'

Boris Johnson is expected to defy influential adviser Dominic Cummings by refusing to sack Liz Truss in a Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday and scaling back plans for a 'St Valentine's Day massacre'

Boris Johnson is expected to defy influential adviser Dominic Cummings by refusing to sack Liz Truss in a Cabinet reshuffle on Thursday and scaling back plans for a ‘St Valentine’s Day massacre’

Chancellor Sajid Javid is likely to be spared the axe despite a series of power struggles with No 10 – but insiders have threatened to sack Mr Javid’s advisers and replace them with Downing Street loyalists.

The reshuffle will be Mr Johnson’s first chance to mould the Cabinet in his preferred image since winning an 80-seat majority last December.

Ms Truss, the International Trade Secretary, is tipped to stay in the Cabinet, although perhaps not in her current role.

There had been briefings – blamed by her friends on Mr Cummings – that she would be fired.

Ms Truss, the International Trade Secretary, is tipped to stay in the Cabinet, although perhaps not in her current role

Ms Truss, the International Trade Secretary, is tipped to stay in the Cabinet, although perhaps not in her current role

Ms Truss, the International Trade Secretary, is tipped to stay in the Cabinet, although perhaps not in her current role

There had been briefings ¿ blamed by her friends on Mr Cummings ¿ that she would be fired

There had been briefings ¿ blamed by her friends on Mr Cummings ¿ that she would be fired

There had been briefings – blamed by her friends on Mr Cummings – that she would be fired

On Friday Mr Johnson also dampened speculation that Jacob Rees-Mogg would be sacked by heaping praise on the Commons Leader after he spoke at a constituency dinner in the PM’s Uxbridge seat.

Meanwhile, Downing Street enforcer Mr Cummings faces increasing opposition to his ‘control freak’ management style in No 10 and over his threats to sack staff.

Ministers and aides vented their fury after Mr Cummings told a meeting of ministerial advisers on Friday night that he would only ‘see half of them’ next Friday.

One source said: ‘Dom has lost on his big reorganisation and big reshuffle so he’s taking it out on the kids.

‘There’s a word for that. Bullying.’

There is also likely to be a major boost for powerful Cabinet Office boss Michael Gove, who is expected to bring responsibility for November's UN climate summit in Glasgow into his Whitehall empire

There is also likely to be a major boost for powerful Cabinet Office boss Michael Gove, who is expected to bring responsibility for November's UN climate summit in Glasgow into his Whitehall empire

There is also likely to be a major boost for powerful Cabinet Office boss Michael Gove, who is expected to bring responsibility for November’s UN climate summit in Glasgow into his Whitehall empire

Plans for a major upheaval of Whitehall have been shelved for now, although the Foreign Office is expected to take control over the overseas aid department.

Another idea being canvassed in No 10 is to create a new powerful Office of the Prime Minister that would combine the Downing Street and Cabinet Office operations – and assume some of the powers of the Treasury.

The source said: ‘Both Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair regretted not using their majorities to clip the wings of an over-powerful Treasury.

‘My hunch is that Boris will not make the same mistake.

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