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Boris Johnson welcomes new-look Cabinet to Downing Street

Boris Johnson welcomes his new-look top team to Downing Street after his brutal Cabinet reshuffle which saw three senior ministers axed, Dominic Raab demoted and Liz Truss elevated to Foreign Secretary

  • Boris Johnson convened his new look Cabinet in Downing Street this morning
  • Prime Minister welcomed his top team after he wielded the axe on Wednesday
  • Shake-up saw three Cabinet ministers sacked and a variety of Whitehall moves 

Boris Johnson welcomed his new-look Cabinet to Downing Street for its first meeting this morning following a brutal reshuffle. 

The Prime Minister wielded the axe on Wednesday as he sacked Gavin Williamson, Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick. 

Mr Johnson then shuffled his deck as Dominic Raab was replaced as Foreign Secretary by Liz Truss. 

Mr Raab was demoted to Justice Secretary but was handed the new title of Deputy Prime Minister.  

Nadhim Zahawi was one of the major winners from the shake-up as he was elevated from his role as vaccine minister to become the new Education Secretary while Michael Gove was moved from the Cabinet Office to housing.   

Mr Johnson will be hoping the changes will provide his Government with a boost as he looks to build momentum ahead of the next general election in 2024.       

Boris Johnson welcomed his new-look Cabinet to Downing Street this morning following his brutal reshuffle

 Liz Truss, the newly appointed Foreign Secretary, sat next to the man she replaced, Dominic Raab, who was demoted to the role of Justice Secretary

Mr Raab was handed the role of Deputy Prime Minister in the reshuffle as Downing Street insisted he will continue to play an ‘important senior role’ in the Government

Mr Johnson will be hoping the reshuffle will provide his Government with a boost as he looks to build momentum ahead of the next general election in 2024

Mr Johnson continued the overhaul of the Government yesterday as he made a raft of changes to the ranks of junior ministers as a number of lengthy frontbench careers were ended. 

Former Cabinet minister John Whittingdale – who had been serving as media minister – was the most high profile casualty, while Nick Gibb’s lengthy tenure in the Department for Education was also brought to an end.

Jesse Norman, Caroline Dinenage, Luke Hall, Justin Tomlinson, Graham Stuart, James Duddridge and Matt Warman also lost their ministerial jobs.

Penny Mordaunt was replaced as Paymaster General by former solicitor general Michael Ellis, but picked up a role at the Department for International Trade.  

Alex Chalk has been appointed Solicitor General while Chloe Smith has been made a minister of state at the Department for Work and Pension and Robin Walker goes to the Department for Education.

A shake-up of Treasury ministers saw Lucy Frazer become Financial Secretary and Helen Whately become Exchequer Secretary.

At the Department of Health and Social Care, Gillian Keegan is a minister of state while Maggie Throup is a junior minister.

Victoria Atkins moves from the Home Office to become minister of state at the Ministry of Justice but will remain responsible for the Afghan resettlement scheme and Operation Warm Welcome.

Lee Rowley has been made a junior minister at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and a Government whip, while Amanda Solloway also heads to the whips’ office.

Neil O’Brien – who was Mr Johnson’s ‘levelling up’ adviser – has been made a junior minister at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Nadhim Zahawi was one of the big winners from the reshuffle as he was elevated from his role as vaccines minister to become Education Secretary

Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg was one of a number of Cabinet ministers who were retained in their role


Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary, and Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, also kept their roles 

Among the other appointments, Mr Johnson’s former ministerial aide Trudy Harrison is now a junior minister in the Department for Transport.

Today’s meeting of the Cabinet saw Mr Raab take up his new role as Deputy Prime Minister.

Downing Street said he would continue to play an ‘important senior role’ in Government despite his demotion from foreign secretary. 

The announcement that he was to be given the title Deputy Prime Minister was seen as little more than a consolation after losing one of the ‘great offices of state’.

Downing Street refused to be drawn on reports that Mr Raab had resisted the change during a tense conversation with the Prime Minister on Wednesday.

However, Mr Johnson’s official spokesman insisted it had been a ‘planned move’ and that the Esher and Walton MP’s new title reflected the Prime Minister’s continuing trust in him.

‘This formalises Dominic Raab’s position as the Prime Minister’s deputy – he will stand in for him at PMQs; it demonstrates his seniority within Government and the trust the Prime Minister places with him,’ the spokesman said.

‘You can expect him to be involved in cross-governmental work when that is necessitated. It is clear he will play an important senior role in Government.’

Mr Raab’s replacement by Ms Truss followed criticism of his handling of the Afghanistan crisis and his delay in returning from his holiday in Crete after Kabul fell to the Taliban.

Meanwhile, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Ms Truss’s replacement as International Trade Secretary, has been criticised by Labour over past tweets denying climate change.

Kwasi Kwarteng, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is pictured arriving in Downing Street this morning

Kit Malthouse remains Minister of State jointly at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice and will attend Cabinet

‘We aren’t getting hotter, global warming isn’t actually happening,’ one message from 2012 said.

Shadow international trade secretary Emily Thornberry said ‘at least the last Trade Secretary only hired climate change deniers’, in an apparent reference to former Australian premier Tony Abbott, who is a trade adviser.

In a letter to Ms Trevelyan, she added: ‘Whatever your past statements on this issue, you have an opportunity to make a difference in a key area before Cop26.’  

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