Boris’ reshuffle lands UKOTs a new boss

| 18/02/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): After a ministerial reshuffle by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office appears to have undergone an unofficial merger with the Department for International Development, in which the roles of all junior FCO and DfID ministers now overlap. As a result Baroness Sugg has taken over the UK Overseas Territories brief from Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon. He remains at the FCO, where he is the longest serving minister, but will take on additional DfID roles.

Elizabeth Grace Sugg CBE, who was previously under secretary of state at the DfID until the reshuffle, became a Tory life peer in 2016. In her new role she is the minister with responsibility for the UKOTs and sustainable development. Baroness Sugg was formerly the government whip from June 2017 to July 2019 and under secretary of state for transport from October 2017 to April 2019. She also served as the director of operations and campaigns in Downing Street under David Cameron when he was PM. 

It has not yet been confirmed that the new Conservative government intends to formally merge the FCO and DfID but the British press has reported that a full merger is expected before the end of this year, driven by Johnson’s desire to link aid to trade.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Great, a nobody to defend us from the EU and Boris’ indifference to OTs. Can’t remember the last time – if ever – we had a mere parliamentary under-secretary looking after us. This does not bode well.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Such a racist and bigoted statement about Lord Ahmad. Truth be told I think that he had shown tremendous respect and support for the Cayman Islands.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a hot mess- Boris in the U.K. And his twin in DC.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sounds like Boris is running down DfiD. There’s been pressure on the government to either kill off or substantially downsize this gravy train for years.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I never did trust Ahmad.

    • Anonymous says:

      He is a Muslim, and you can’t do business with Trump if you have a Muslim in your cabinet.

      • Anonymous says:

        Not really, but these lords and ladies don’t impress either.

      • Anonymous says:

        What? We love the Saudis, the Kuwatis and the UAE. We will also love the LNA once it takes Tripoli. And we like Egypt and Jordan a little bit. Turkey is a pain but they are to just about everyone, kind of like Germany but in different ways.

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