Liz Truss replaces Dominic Raab as foreign secretary in reshuffle

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In Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle, Liz Truss has been appointed foreign secretary in place of Dominic Raab.

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The appointment was confirmed by Downing Street in a tweet after Ms Truss was seen entering No. 10.

His promotion came when it was announced that Michael Gove was being transferred to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, with a new cross-government responsibility for Mr Johnson’s “leveling” agenda.


Mr Gove has become a powerful figure in his administration as Cabinet Office minister, despite a dramatic fallout with Mr Johnson after sabotaging his leadership bid in 2016.

His move to housing secretary will be seen as a demotion by many in Westminster, but supporters insist that the role has been enhanced by the fact that he takes responsibility for union and elections from his previous job.

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Meanwhile, Health Minister Nadine Dorries joined the cabinet as Secretary of Culture, replacing Oliver Dowden, who took Michael Gove’s former job as Cabinet Office minister and was also reported to be chairman of the Tory party.

Despite being an outspoken member of the Riemann camp in the 2016 EU referendum, Truss became a Tory grassroots darling for her efforts to strike new deals around the world as international trade secretary.

She became only the second woman to head the Foreign Office after Margaret Beckett in 2006/07.

The MP for South West Norfolk famously tweeted during the referendum campaign that “can’t name a country, we’ll get a better trade deal if we leave the EU”.

And most of the deals it has secured since Brexit have done nothing more than repeat the terms already enjoyed by the UK as a member of the European Union.

His biggest coup as trade secretary came as trade secretary reached an agreement with Australia to end tariffs on UK goods in June when it emerged that Canberra had insisted on removing references to key climate pledges.

Ms Truss has retained her position as Minister of Women and Equality.


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