The appointment of Lord Cameron, seen as the architect of the Tory party’s modernisation drive that helped it back to power in 2010, combined with the sacking of Mrs Braverman, angered some on the Tory Right.
Mrs Braverman ran for the Tory leadership last summer from a platform on the Right and is widely tipped by Tory colleagues to make another bid for the leadership when it next becomes vacant.
Writing for The Telegraph, Sir Jacob said: “Many Tories will view this reshuffle and feel that the Prime Minister does not want to deal with their concerns … perhaps after the populism of Boris Johnson there is now almost an anti-populism.”
Lord Frost, Mr Johnson’s Brexit negotiator who, like Lord Cameron, held a Cabinet role and sat in the House of Lords, was also critical, writing: “This reshuffle shows the Government has decided its direction of travel.
“It’s back to the past: a world in which Brexit may have happened legally but not in the mindset of those who rule us; a world of social liberalism, of unambitious low-growth economics, and of deferral to the views and interests of the permanent class of people who run institutions like the BBC, the Office for Budget Responsibility, and the Metropolitan Police – just as it was under David Cameron once before, and now will be again.”
He said he was worried that “this will also be a return to a conservatism for the privileged – people who are already doing alright, people who don’t want the change so clearly signalled in those huge 2016 and 2019 victories”.
Downing Street dismissed suggestions that the reshuffle amounted to a marginalisation of the party’s Right, arguing that Mr Sunak had focused on delivering for the country when making his appointments.