British PM Cameron to reshuffle cabinet next month

By REUTERS
September 1, 2012 17:03




LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to reshuffle his cabinet early next month, hoping fresh faces will appease his party's restive right and reboot a government half way through a recession-hit term.

Britain's dismal economic performance has triggered calls for Cameron to replace finance minister George Osborne with Foreign Secretary William Hague - a move which could give cover for a softening of Cameron's flagship austerity plans.

But few expect any thunderbolts in the shakeup and Cameron's first planned reshuffle may struggle to make a lasting impression on his diminished popularity ahead of the next parliamentary election in 2015.

Insiders say he is more likely to focus on filling more junior posts with supporters and figures popular with grassroots members of his Conservative party.

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