UK PM Theresa May reshuffles cabinet

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UK PM Theresa May reshuffles cabinet

British Prime Minister Theresa May is carrying out the most extensive reshuffle of her cabinet since she took office in 2016 aimed at re-energising an agenda hurt by divisions over Brexit and an ill-timed election. She is expected to promote women, black and younger lawmakers to challenge critics who call her party "male, pale and stale".

Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis is the new chairman of her Conservative Party taking over from Patrick McLoughlin.

Meanwhile pro-Brexit MP James Cleverly has been confirmed as the new deputy chairman.

May is expected to keep her team’s big names. Brexit minister David Davis and Foreign Secretary Boris Johson while Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Chancellor Philip Hammond already know they are keeping their jobs.

Earlier it was announced that Northern Ireland minister James Brokenshire was stepping down for health reasons.

The reshuffle was sparked by the resignation of Damian Green as First Secretary of State who lied about pornography found on his office computer.