GEOFFREY COX warned of a decline in legal experience among MPs as he made a thinly veiled plea to the prime minister to keep him as attorney general in the forthcoming reshuffle.
The government’s most senior lawyer is tipped as one of those who could lose their job when Boris Johnson remoulds his cabinet today.
But he said he would ‘eagerly’ embrace the opportunity to continue in his post if spared — describing the role as the ‘greatest honour of my professional life’.
He told the Institute for Government: ‘Have I had enough of the job? Absolutely not. I’ve had the enormous pleasure and privilege of working with some of the most distinguished and able lawyers I have ever met inside the government legal department.’
Mr Cox (pictured) also said it was ‘vital’ to ‘encourage’ more senior lawyers ‘to go into the Commons’.
Defence secretary Ben Wallace, another minister reportedly under threat, said reshuffles could be ‘brutal’ but added: ‘I’m keen to serve. I’m a veteran. I was actually in the Army, so I think all of those hopefully qualify me, but who knows?’