This is the first Cabinet League Table of 2020. It is also very likely the last before the Prime Minister embarks on his next reshuffle. December saw some stellar scores in the aftermath of that month’s general election victory, and it’s once again a pretty rosy picture. Here are a few takeaways:
- No change to the podium. There has been some inevitable fluctuation in the specific scores but the top spots are still held by Boris Johnson, Sajid Javid, and Michael Gove.
- Few women at the top. With rumours that the Prime Minister might be about to dismiss five female Secretaries of State, we note that only Priti Patel makes the top ten this month. Expand the selection and only Andrea Leadsom and Liz Truss make the cut in the top twenty.
- Another bad month for the territorial offices… Both Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary, and Simon Hart, the Welsh Secretary, are at the bottom of our table for the second month running.
- …save for Northern Ireland. But Julian Smith has broken out of that pack, rising to the top half of the table on the back of his role in getting the Northern Ireland Assembly back up and running.