Cabinet reshuffle: Brandon Lewis appointed new Tory Party chairman

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British Prime Minister Theresa May named a new head of the ruling Conservatives on Monday in a reshuffle aimed at handing her government a new start after months of divisions over Brexit, scandals and an ill-judged election.

One user pointed out several things that have gone wrong for the government, writing: "So far on #cabinetreshuffle day the Conservative Party website has gone down and the official Tory Twitter feed has announced the wrong person as new Party Chairman".

It should not have taken last June's ill-advised election, and seven months of muddle, for the Conservatives - once the natural party of government - to realise that their electoral machine was unfit for objective; that the party's structures were not emblematic of multi-cultural Britain and they could not counter the populism espoused by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn because they simply didn't know how to communicate in the modern age.

British Prime Minister Theresa May begins the new year with a reshuffle of her top team.

Transport Minister Chris Grayling had been strongly linked with the job before the appointment.

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Previously serving as Immigration Minister - where he approved a return to Britain's much loved blue passports - popular Mr Lewis was hotly tipped for the job. "I'm in this for the long term", May told the BBC on Sunday, a new mantra from a prime minister who has been mocked in the media as a "Maybot" for her dogged repetition of catchphrases and policy statements.

Those expected to be sacked include party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, education minister Justine Greening and May's leadership rival, Andrea Leadsom, who is leader of the house. Speaking to Sky News, he said that he had been in cabinet for eight years and that he had had "a very good run".

Mrs May has also replaced Damian Green as Cabinet Secretary with the former Justice Secretary David Lidington. Bradley has been made Northern Ireland Secretary succeeding James Brokenshire who announced earlier Monday he was resigning on health grounds.

Mrs May could also send a stark message to Brussels by installing a dedicated "Cabinet minister for no deal" to prepare for a collapse in Brexit talks.

Update (1255 GMT): Kuenssberg tweets confirmation that Brandon Lewis is appointed as chairman and James Cleverly to be appointed as deputy. The pair will be charged with modernising the Tories, rejuvenating the membership and improving the party's campaigning techniques, including using social media better.

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