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Cabinet reshuffle 2021 LATEST: Boris Johnson wields axe again as two more ministers binned in shock shake up of top team


BORIS Johnson will wield the axe again today as he continues the shock shake up of his top team.

On a second dramatic day of his surprise reshuffle the PM is set to chop and change another series of key ministerial posts.

Long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb has been given the chop in a move that stunned Westminster.

And this morning ex Cabinet heavyweight Penny Mordaunt was also shifted from her role as Paymaster General to trade minister.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace insisted colleagues weren’t sacked for “incompetence” but because the PM wanted to “bring on talent”.

So far Boris has demoted Dominic Raab and sacked Gavin Williamson in a radical overhaul of his top team.

Embattled Mr Raab accepted a humiliating shunting from Foreign to Justice Secretary following a terse meeting with the PM this afternoon.

To soften the blow Mr Johnson gave him the job title as Deputy PM, a symbolic promotion from his current role as First Secretary of State.

Liz Truss was promoted as his replacement in the Foreign Office, meaning – with Priti Patel – two of the top four jobs in Government are held by women.

Gaffe-prone Mr Williamson was replaced by rising star Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, whose job was invented during the pandemic.

Read our Boris Johnson live blog below for the latest updates…

  • MUSICAL CHAIRS

    Penny Mordaunt has been shunted from her role as Paymaster General to take on a new job as a trade minister.

    That means Michael Ellis, the current Solicitor General for England and Wales, will move into her old job at the Cabinet Office.

    Making way from the trade department is Greg Hands, who is moving to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

    Lots of ministers getting to grips with their new briefs this morning…

  • BEN THERE DONE THAT

    Defence secretary Ben Wallace has defended the PM’s Cabinet cull and insisted colleagues weren’t sacked for being bad at their jobs.

    He said Boris wanted to bring in new talent, including more women into top jobs, and give rising stars added experience.

    Mr Wallace said he’d “lost some very good personal friends” in the reshuffle and predicted he too will be axed one day.

    He said: “The PM has to make those tough decisions. He has removed people from government not because they’re incompetent, not because they weren’t loyal enough, but often he has to refresh his team.

    “Politics is often a business of the moment. There are people that are right for certain times and there are people are right for other times.”

    He even defended Dominic Raab, who he clashed with over the Afghanistan crisis, insisting the ex foreign secretary wasn’t demoted for his bungled handling of the evacuation from Kabul.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • RECAP: WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT?

    Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary = OUT
    Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary = OUT
    Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary = OUT
    Amanda Milling as Conservative Party co-chair = OUT

    Stephen Barclay shifts from chief secretary to the Treasury to become chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Cabinet Office minister.

    Nadine Dorries becomes Culture Secretary.

    Nadhim Zahawi promoted to Education Secretary.

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan makes a swift return to cabinet as International Trade Secretary.

  • PENNY FOR HER THOUGHTS

    Ex Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt has revealed that she’s been sacked from her job as Paymaster General.

    The former big hitter, who was defence secretary under Theresa May, had even been tipped by some for a promotion before the reshuffle.

    She campaigned alongside Boris Johnson for Brexit as a key member of Vote Leave back in 2016.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • WELSH TORIES WILL WORK ‘SHOULDER TO SHOULDER’ WITH UK GOVERNMENT

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank every departing cabinet minister for their efforts in government, particularly over the past 18 months as Britain has tackled our biggest ever peacetime crisis.

    “Upon entering government, the Prime Minister set out a dynamic and ambitious vision to level up the whole of the country. This reshuffle delivers a strong and united team as we recover from the pandemic and get Britain back on the road to prosperity.

    “From the Senedd, the Welsh Conservatives will work shoulder to shoulder with Boris Johnson’s new cabinet as they redouble their efforts to deliver on the people’s priorities and build a better Britain.”

  • PATEL: ‘THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO’

    Priti Patel has said it is “a huge privilege” to remain at the Home Office amid Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

    “A huge privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” she tweeted.

    “There is still so much more to do to deliver for the British people. Tackling illegal migration, cutting crime and continuing to keep our great country safe.”

  • KATE GREEN SPEAKS ON GAVIN WILLIAMSON SACKING

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green said Mr Williamson had: “failed children and young people, their parents and our hard-working education staff throughout one of the most testing periods in our history”.

  • DOM’S ‘PRIVILEGE’ TO SERVE AS FOREIGN SEC

    Dominic Raab tonight spoke out after being demoted from Foreign Secretary.

    He said he was “delighted” to have been appointed Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister and will turn his attention to cutting crime.

    Mr Raab is a former junior minister in the Justice Department.

  • ‘LET’S GET ON WITH THE JOB’

    In a statement, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has written: “The Cabinet I have appointed today will work tirelessly to unite and level up the whole country.

    “We will build back better from the pandemic and deliver on your priorities.

    “Now let’s get on with the job.”

  • ONE OF THE BIGGEST HEADLINES OF THE RESHUFFLE

    One of the biggest headlines of the reshuffle is Dominic Raab’s demotion from Foreign Secretary to Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.

    His handling of the crisis in Afghanistan put him under severe pressure – with other cabinet figures briefing heavily against him, and opposition parties demanding he resign or be sacked.

    Mr Raab has also officially become deputy prime minister, a role he de facto previously had as First Secretary of State.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • THE NEW EDUCATION SECRETARY, NADHIM ZAHAWI ‘HONOURED’ TO BE WORKING AT THE DOE

    The new education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, says he’s honoured to be working at the Department for Education in his new role:

    “Children and young people have had a tough time during this pandemic and I’ll be listening to them and their families as we accelerate our work to build back better and fairer.

    “From my own experience, I know what a beacon of opportunity this country can be and I want all children, young people and adults to have access to a brilliant education, the right qualifications and opportunities to secure good jobs. That’s both vital for them and also our economy and is more important now than ever before.

    “I can’t wait to get started, working with the amazing teachers and staff in our nurseries, schools, colleges and universities as well as employers and businesses.”

  • NO DEEP FREEZE FOR FROSTY

    Lord Frost stays in his post as minister of state at the Cabinet office, overseeing Brexit related issues.

    Days earlier, he warned Brussels will be “making a significant mistake” if it underestimates No 10’s resolve to end the red tape chaos ravaging NI firms.

    In a punchy speech to peers he told eurocrats only a “real negotiation” on a long-term solution will avoid a major confrontation.

    But he insisted Boris Johnson will only pull the trigger if he’s left with no other “choice” and called for both sides to move towards each other.

  • PATEL: ‘THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO’

    Priti Patel has said it is “a huge privilege” to remain at the Home Office amid Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

    “A huge privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” she tweeted.

    “There is still so much more to do to deliver for the British people. Tackling illegal migration, cutting crime and continuing to keep our great country safe.”

  • RECAP: WHO’S STAYING? (CONTINUED…)

    Simon Hart – Wales secretary

    Alister Jack – Scotland secretary

    Suella Braverman – attorney general

    Lord Frost – Brexit minister in the Cabinet Office

    Mark Spencer – chief whip

    Jacob Rees-Mogg – Commons leader

    Baroness Evans – Lords leader

    Kit Malthouse – Home Office and Ministry of Justice minister and will attend cabinet

    Michelle Donelan – minister of state at Department for Education and will attend cabinet

  • RECAP: WHO’S STAYING?

    Rishi Sunak – chancellor

    Priti Patel – home secretary

    Sajid Javid – health secretary

    Ben Wallace – defence secretary

    Grant Shapps – transport secretary

    Kwasi Kwarteng – business secretary

    Therese Coffey – work and pensions secretary

    George Eustice – environment secretary

    Alok Sharma – COP26 president

    Brandon Lewis – Northern Ireland secretary

  • WELSH TORIES WILL WORK ‘SHOULDER TO SHOULDER’ WITH UK GOVERNMENT

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank every departing cabinet minister for their efforts in government, particularly over the past 18 months as Britain has tackled our biggest ever peacetime crisis.

    “Upon entering government, the Prime Minister set out a dynamic and ambitious vision to level up the whole of the country. This reshuffle delivers a strong and united team as we recover from the pandemic and get Britain back on the road to prosperity.

    “From the Senedd, the Welsh Conservatives will work shoulder to shoulder with Boris Johnson’s new cabinet as they redouble their efforts to deliver on the people’s priorities and build a better Britain.”

  • KATE GREEN SPEAKS ON GAVIN WILLIAMSON SACKING

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green said Mr Williamson had: “failed children and young people, their parents and our hard-working education staff throughout one of the most testing periods in our history”.

  • RECAP: WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT?

    Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary = OUT
    Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary = OUT
    Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary = OUT
    Amanda Milling as Conservative Party co-chair = OUT

    Stephen Barclay shifts from chief secretary to the Treasury to become chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Cabinet Office minister.

    Nadine Dorries becomes Culture Secretary.

    Nadhim Zahawi promoted to Education Secretary.

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan makes a swift return to cabinet as International Trade Secretary.

  • PRITI PATEL SAYS ‘THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO’

    Priti Patel has said it is “a huge privilege” to remain at the Home Office amid Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

    “A huge privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” she tweeted.

    “There is still so much more to do to deliver for the British people. Tackling illegal migration, cutting crime and continuing to keep our great country safe.”

  • ‘LET’S GET ON WITH THE JOB’

    In a statement, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has written: “The Cabinet I have appointed today will work tirelessly to unite and level up the whole country.

    “We will build back better from the pandemic and deliver on your priorities.

    “Now let’s get on with the job.”

  • GAVIN WILLIAMSON ‘LEAST POPULAR MEMBER OF THE CABINET’

    Today, Boris Johnson sacked four members of the cabinet as part of his latest reshuffle.

    They were: Gavin Williamson, who was education secretary; Robert Jenrick, who was housing secretary; Robert Buckland, who was justice secretary; and Amanda Milling, who was Conservative Party co-chair.

    Dominic Raab, who had been the foreign secretary, was demoted to justice secretary.

    According to data from ConservativeHome, Mr Williamson was the least popular member of the cabinet with Conservative party members.

    While Liz Truss, who has been promoted to foreign secretary from international trade secretary, was the most popular.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury

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