5 Conservative backbenchers tipped for Theresa May promotion

As Theresa May prepares a cabinet reshuffle, here are 5 backbenchers tipped to rise:

Tom Tugendhat

The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, who beat his predecessor Crispin Blunt in the Summer, is one of the most high-profile backbenchers in the Conservative Party. Tom Tugendhat, who has spent a considerable time in the Middle East - is a One Nation Conservative and is not shy in his criticism of government. Tugendhat is tipped for a global facing role.

Nusrat Ghani

Also part of the 2015 intake, Nusrat Ghani is an East Sussex MP drafted into the limelight to help the inquiry into the Tory election setback. At the age of 45, Ghani is still young, and is tipped to rise as part of Theresa May's plans for a more diverse ministerial picture. 

Rishi Sunak

Tipped as a future Chancellor, or even a future leader, Rishi Sunak is still only 37 (though George Osborne became Chancellor at 38.) Sunalk's caught the eye of Conservative leaders with some notable Brexit policy ideas - particularly over cyber-security and 'free ports.' A potential upgrade to the Treasury or the Home Office.

Suella Fernandes

Suella Fernandes, who's parents are from Mauritius and Kenya respectively, is already a notable backbencher as head of the European Research Group, which comprises staunch Brexiteers. A Party power broker at the age of just 37, Fernandes is being tipped for a role in the Foreign Office, or alongside David Davis.

Kemi Badenoch

The shining light of the 2017 intake, Kemi Badenoch could find herself as Theresa May's Parliamentary Aide - as Seema Kennedy is also tipped for promotion. This role means Badenoch would be the Prime Minister's envoy to backbenchers - an increasingly important one as fractures in the minority government become more evident.


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