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Will snap poll bring new lord chancellor to Ministry of Justice?

19th Apr 2017

Even during a period of repeated political upheaval, four lord chancellors in just over two years is extremely unusual.

Should the PM succeed in her goal of getting an increased majority, the title may be handed over yet again. According to speculation within the profession, Elizabeth Truss is likely to be replaced during the reshuffle by someone with greater legal knowledge, though it has not been confirmed.

Barrister and current minister of state Sir Oliver Heald is likely one of May’s top picks, but there are many other options. Nicky Morgan could potentially be returned to her solicitor roots, or there is ex-junior minister Shailesh Vara, who had to carry the burden for many unpleasant announcements during the Grayling era.

Younger options include Obiter’s friend Alberto Costa, who could easily get his foot in the door of ministerial affairs. Finally, sixty-year-old former attorney general Dominic Grieve may still be in with a chance.

Should Labour take the governmental reins, the job would most likely fall to Shadow Richard Burgon, though presumably former director of public prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer also has a fighting chance. Baroness Chakrabarti of Kennington and Jeremy Corbyn are also contenders, albeit slightly less likely ones.

With the election set to go ahead on the 8th of June, it’s anyone’s game.