Gavin Williamson was the biggest casualty of Boris Johnson’s reshuffle, a major apparently in which Justice Secretary Robert Buckland and Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick were ousted from cabinet.
Mr Williamson announced on Twitter that he was leaving the job of education secretary since 2019, with No. 10 later confirming that he, Buckland and Jenrick were all returning to the backbench.
The long-expected dismissal comes more than a year after the GCSE and A-level examinations, which first triggered widespread calls for his departure.
Mr Buckland’s removal created a vacancy for Dominic Raab, who had been demoted to the Foreign Office with the titles of not only Justice Secretary but also Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister.
There was speculation that Mr Raab’s vacant role as foreign secretary would be filled by Liz Truss, a Tory grassroots darling for her efforts to seal post-Brexit trade deals.
The international trade secretary was seen entering 10 Downing Street as Mr Johnson began work on making appointments after dealing with the dismissal in the relative secrecy of his Commons office.
Mr Jenrick, who survived the scandal of illegally approving a planning application in favor of a major Tory donor – became the third reshuffle casualty.
And Amanda Milling lost her job as Tory chair, following criticisms of her handling of the Chesham and Amersham by-election debacle, where the Conservatives lost a rock-solid seat with a 25-point swing to the Liberal Democrats.
Ms Milling said: “It is a privilege and an honor to be co-chair of the Conservative Party. Thanks to the Voluntary Party and the team at CCHQ for their support. Thanks to Boiris Johnson for this opportunity. I will continue to work to fulfill my plans to raise the status of the UK.”
During this, Granthshala Understands that Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove is being offered Mr. Jenrick’s job in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
His ordeal will include a massive court backlog, a shortage of criminal lawyers and a controversial review of the Human Rights Act.
Mr Williamson tweeted: “It is my privilege to serve as Secretary of Education since 2019.
“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am particularly proud of the transformational reforms in post-16 education: in further education colleges, our skills agenda, apprenticeships and much more… I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister. and the government.”
Labor deputy leader Angela Renner welcomed his sacking: “It is good that Gavin Williamson has been sacked, but he should have been sacked a year ago.
“That Pratt’s utter stupidity, failures and uselessness have damaged the life prospects of our country’s children and this government has failed the youth, teachers and education workers.”
Mr Buckland tweeted: “It has been an honor to serve in government for the last 7 years, and as Lord Chancellor for the last 2. I am deeply proud of what I have achieved. Next adventure For. “
Former Labor deputy leader Harriet Herman tweeted: “Thank you Mr Buckland for the important changes you have made on domestic violence and sexual violence against women.”
And Tory MP Sir Bob Neill, chairman of the Commons Justice Committee, told Sky News that his ouster was “unjust, humiliating” and “he was treated shabby”.
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