British Conservative Party deletes tweet congratulating new chairman

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a media conference with European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday Dec. 8 2017

His resignation comes after British Minister Theresa May undertook a reshuffle of her top team to reassert her authority after losing her parliamentary majority, in the election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday sought to complete a government shake-up without further blunders after a first day marred by farce and the refusal of some ministers to move.

As the new Cabinet meets on Tuesday for the first time, few faces are different as the "big four" of Chancellor Philip Hammond, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Brexit Secretary David Davis all remain in place.

Key Brexiteers Michael Gove and Liam Fox also kept their jobs.

He will serve as deputy to the newly-appointed chairman of the Conservative Party, Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis, who will take over from Sir Patrick McLoughlin.

Education Secretary Justine Greening resigned rather than be transferred to the welfare and pensions department, while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also reportedly refused to leave and stayed in his post.

May's decision to reshuffle her cabinet was a sign that she felt her internal position had improved enough to make some substantial changes to her top team without sparking a leadership crisis.

While viewed as a chance at a fresh start, the reshuffle brings risks of upsetting the delicate balance of eurosceptic and pro-European ministers. The BBC had been reporting at the time that Grayling would be named party chairman but the report and the tweet, were both wrong.

His replacement was announced on Twitter, only for the tweet to be nearly immediately deleted.

Lewis was pictured entering May's office in Downing Street. "It also allows a new generation of gifted ministers to step up and make life better for people across the whole United Kingdom", the prime minister said. The pair will be charged with modernising the Tories, rejuvenating the membership and improving the party's campaigning techniques, including using social media better.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit supporter, is expected to keep his job despite challenging May's strategy a year ago. A lapse in vetting allowed a known prankster to attend the event and interrupt her speech. A former Europe Minister, Commons Leader and Justice Secretary, he is the type of honest broker who will be trusted by all sides over Brexit and, hopefully, have the intuition needed to accelerate policy progress on the home front - more of the same will not suffice.

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