No cabinet members in the newly reshuffled UK government openly identify as being members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
As highlighted by ITV’s Paul Brand, the new cabinet – like the previous one – is scarcely lacking in representation at a time when LGBTQIA+ issues are at the forefront of politics.
Lee Anderson, a senior Tory MP who is also the Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party, in February even went as far as to say that the next general election will “probably” be fought on “a mix of culture wars and trans debate”.
Writing on Twitter, Brand said: “Whether or not you think it’s important for [the] cabinet to reflect broader society (some say it’s tokenism), it is notable that [the] cabinet will be making policies on behalf of a community which it doesn’t reflect. When ‘woke wars’ are a key feature of politics, that’s significant.”
For the first time since 2010, there are also no women in the top four offices of state.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak made a number of changes to his administration, with the controversial Suella Braverman among those who will no longer hold significant roles.
James Cleverly will now be the Home Secretary, former Prime Minister David Cameron the Foreign Secretary and Victoria Atkins the Health Secretary.
Elsewhere, Steve Barclay will be the new Environment Secretary, Laura Trott the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Richard Holden the new Conservative Party chairman.
Not all positions were changed, however, with Kemi Badenoch maintaining her role as Equalities Minister, Jeremy Hunt staying on as Chancellor and Grant Shapps as remaining the Defence Secretary.
The new government will likely be the one in place during the next general election, which is expected to take place within the next 12 months.