The foreign secretary is the favorite in the Tory leadership race and is therefore most likely to be the next prime minister to be announced on Monday. Voting for Conservative Party members closes at 5pm BST on Friday September 2, when Boris Johnson formally tenders his resignation to the Queen, Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss to become Prime Minister.
Her Majesty will then invite the new Prime Minister to form a government, and if Truss wins, she will act like a “dog with a bone”.
Reports suggest Ms Truss would be happy to revamp junior-level ministers to create a new Conservative image distinct from Mr Johnson, who has been shrouded in scandal and mistrust.
“There is going to be a massive changing of the guard,” a senior conservative official told The Times.
Another added: “Leeds have been in Parliament for a long time. She has strong opinions about her colleagues. She does most of this herself.
Instead of being eager to continue in her role, Ms Truss is expected to lead the way if she becomes Prime Minister to Home Secretary Priti Patel.
A Home Office source told The Independent: ‘It’s clear to staff that she doesn’t want to stay,’ she said.
Former leadership rival Sulla Braverman is believed to succeed Ms Patel.
Truss had decided prematurely that his staunch ally, Quasi Kwaten, who lived on the same road as Truss in Greenwich, would become chancellor.
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However, Ed Miliband, Labour’s shadow secretary for climate change and net zero emissions, said Rees-Mogg’s appointment would be “a disastrous sign that Liz Truss is taking seriously the greatest long-term threat to humanity. “.
Meanwhile Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey of the former Trus party said: ‘Jacob Brismogg has been on the wrong side of the debate for years.
“The last thing we need is a climate dinosaur like Rees-Mogg.”
An insider said other positions remained more precarious, with former rival Penny Mordaunt the “only open question” after she “offered several jobs and turned them down”.