Hunt admits Tory turbulence with Cabinet undergoing Sunaks fresh reshuffle

The Chancellor insisted Rishi Sunak was trying to limit changes by focusing on “who is going to get the job done”.

The Prime Minister last week appointed Grant Shapps as Defence Secretary, his fifth Cabinet role in a year, after Ben Wallace stepped down.

Mr Sunak promoted his ally Claire Coutinho, a former junior minister, to Energy Secretary.

Speaking to Sky’s Sunday Morning With Trevor Phillips, Mr Hunt said: “We have had turbulence caused by things like (the) pandemic, big changes in our economic model… but what I would say is since Rishi Sunak has become Prime Minister that has changed.

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“He has made only the most limited changes. The most recent change, the Defence Secretary, was caused by a personal decision by Ben Wallace to step down.

“What Rishi Sunak is interested in is not the personalities but who is going to get the job done. And when people get the job done he backs them.”

The Chancellor was shown a list of the number of cabinet jobs given to senior Conservative MPs since the last general election in 2019.

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Nadhim Zahawi tops the list with nine positions, while Oliver Dowden and Lucy Frazer have seven each, followed by Dominic Raab and Steve Barclay on six.

Mr Sunak sacked Mr Zahawi, the former Conservative party chair, when he was found to have breached the ministerial code by failing to declare the HMRC investigation into his tax affairs.

Mr Raab, ex Deputy Prime Minister, resigned earlier this year following a bullying probe.

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