Liz Truss has been appointed foreign secretary, replacing Dominic Raab, who was demoted to justice secretary in the prime minister’s cabinet reshuffle. Mr Raab also performs the roles of Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister.
Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, replacing Robert Jenrick, who was fired earlier this afternoon. He will also maintain responsibility for relations with UK devolved administrations.
Gavin Williamson was removed from his role as Secretary of Education, and Robert Buckland was also removed from his position as Secretary of Justice.
The government is hopeful that the cabinet level appointments will be completed today with the announcement of more junior posts in the coming days.
A Downing Street source said: “The prime minister will reshuffle today to build a strong and cohesive team to better come back from the pandemic.”
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson has declined to explain how universal credit claimants will be able to meet the £20-a-week cut in their payments.
The prime minister was challenged to determine how many hours of additional work would be required – with a cabinet minister wrongly claiming it was just two.
But Mr Johnson declined to say whether the true figure was higher or lower.
Biggest teaching union ‘no sorry’ on Williamson’s departure
The UK’s largest education union has said it is “not sorry” to see Gavin Williamson vacating the position of education secretary.
Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Union for Education (NEU), said many students and parents alike would “never forgive” Mr Williamson for the chaos surrounding GCSE and A-level grading.
“We can’t pretend we’re sorry Gavin Williamson is gone,” Mr Courtney said.
“He failed to engage with our suggestions on how to make schools safe during Covid – causing unnecessary disruption to the education of children and youth.
“His CO2 monitors wouldn’t arrive until much of this period, it took months for his laptops to reach the kids who needed them and kicking them to provide for the kids who went hungry during the school holidays,” he said. You have to shout,” he said.
Stephen Barclay appointed as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister to the Cabinet Office
Downing Street has confirmed that the RT Honorable Stephen Barclay has been appointed as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister to the Cabinet Office.
Downing Street said: “The Queen is pleased to approve the appointment”.
Mr Barclay steps down from his role as Chief Secretary of the Treasury, weeks ahead of a crucial spending review.
The role of the Duchy of Lancaster was formerly held by Michael Gove, who has since become Secretary of Housing.
Ben Wallace remains Defense Secretary
Downing Street said the Honorable Ben Wallace would retain his cabinet role as Secretary of Defense.
The minister smiled but did not respond to questions as he left from number 10.
Nadim Jahvi appointed education secretary
Downing Street has announced that Nadim Jahavi has been appointed Secretary of State for Education.
Mr Xhavi, who was replaced by Gavin Williamson, who was dropped early this afternoon, gave a double thumbs up as he exited at No 10.
Nadine Dorris appointed Culture Secretary
Downing Street has announced that Nadine Dorries has been appointed Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
She replaces Oliver Dowden who was demoted as minister without portfolio.
Oliver Dowden appointed ‘minister without portfolio, cabinet office’
Oliver Dowden has been appointed minister without portfolio, the Cabinet Office, Downing Street has confirmed.
Mr Dowden previously held the position of Culture Secretary.
Mr Dowden has also been appointed as the new co-chair of the Conservative Party, replacing Amanda Milling, the BBC reported.
Labor Justice Secretary reacts to Robert Buckland’s departure
Labor’s shadow justice secretary said that while he was able to work “constructively” with the outgoing minister, the new justice secretary “should be able to fix the court’s woes”.
David Lamy said on Twitter: “This government has driven the justice system to the ground and on the verge of collapse.
“The backlog of the Crown Court has reached record-high, while the number of rape convicts is record-low.
“Always friendly, I was able to work constructively with @RobertBuckland during the peak of the coronavirus crisis and wish him well, but the new Justice Secretary must be able to heal the woes of the courts and victims who The Conservative government has made it.”
He added: “The new justice secretary will be the sixth in the last six years.
“Victims of crime facing years of delay deserve better.
“The new Justice Secretary must be able to fix the court crisis created by @Conservatives.”
Priti Patel: ‘It’s a great privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary’
Priti Patel, who retained her post as Home Secretary, tweeted after his reappointment.
She said: “It is a great privilege to continue to serve as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
“There is still much more to offer to the British people. Tackling illegal migration, cutting down on crime and continuing to keep our great country safe.
Michael Gove appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Downing Street has confirmed that Michael Gove has been appointed Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
“He takes on cross-government responsibility for leveling up. He retains ministerial responsibility for union and elections,” Downing Street said on Twitter.
Downing Street confirms Patel’s appointment as Home Secretary
Downing Street has officially confirmed that Priti Patel will continue as Home Secretary.
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