From time to time the prime minister will reorganise his cabinet in a cabinet reshuffle.
In a reshuffle existing cabinet ministers may be:
• promoted and put in charge of a more important government department
• moved sideways, to posts of roughly equal seniority
• leave the cabinet and be replaced.
After a couple of years with the same team, prime ministers often seek to make changes to their cabinets in order to give their government a fresh look, or a new direction and in the hope of increasing the government's popularity with the general public.
The term reshuffle is also applied when leaders of other parties change their senior spokespeople.