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Boris Johnson kicked off a long-awaited reshuffle of his prime staff on Wednesday by firing his schooling, justice and housing secretaries.
He’s additionally demoted his international secretary — however stored his house secretary and chancellor in submit.
Cupboard-level modifications are anticipated to proceed all through the day, with additional ministerial posts crammed Thursday. No. 10 mentioned the reshuffle — solely the second since Johnson’s election victory in 2019 — would have “a give attention to uniting and leveling up the entire nation.”
It comes as Whitehall departments proceed to thrash out three-year spending settlements with the Treasury forward of a evaluate and funds unveiled October 27.
The strikes to this point
— Gavin Williamson — who attracted criticism over a botched grading of examination outcomes and was beforehand faraway from Theresa Could’s Cupboard in a safety row — has been sacked as schooling secretary. Williamson ran Johnson’s 2019 management marketing campaign.
— Robert Buckland — in submit since 2019 and a minister for the previous seven years — has been sacked as justice secretary. He was seen as a secure pair of arms on the Ministry of Justice, who went out to bat for the federal government because it confronted controversy over key Brexit laws.
— Dominic Raab replaces Buckland as justice secretary, a transfer that might be seen as a step down from one of many nice workplaces of state he occupied as international secretary. Raab — who stepped in for Boris Johnson when the PM was hospitalized with COVID — has come beneath hearth in latest weeks for his dealing with of the U.Okay.’s response to the autumn of Afghanistan to the Taliban. No. 10 confirmed he’ll retain his position as deputy prime minister, nevertheless.
— Liz Truss takes Raab’s international secretary job, shifting from the Division for Worldwide Commerce the place she’s landed a string of post-Brexit commerce offers and earned the admiration of the Conservative grassroots — however divided opinion about how far she’s moved the needle. Truss will proceed to function minister for ladies and equalities.
— Housing, Communities and Native Authorities Secretary Robert Jenrick has been sacked, with the Cupboard’s outgoing youngest member paying tribute to the “onerous work, dedication and friendship” of his officers after a two-year stint within the job that’s included kicking off planning reform and a serious row over a Conservative donor’s position in a housing improvement resolution.
— Michael Gove replaces Jenrick on the MHCLG after two years as minister for the Cupboard Workplace. The main Brexiteer is an avowed public sector reformer who will now have oversight of a key space of home coverage — and be handed “cross-government duty for” Johnson’s flagship ‘Leveling Up’ promise to curb regional inequality. He’ll proceed to be Johnson’s point-man for the UK, tasked with staving off the specter of Scottish independence.
— Nadine Dorries is promoted to secretary of state for digital, tradition, media and sport after a stint as psychological well being minister. She takes on a packed transient that features the U.Okay.’s bid to crack down on ‘On-line Harms’ and the restoration of its pandemic-hit tradition sector. Dorries is a best-selling fiction writer and long-standing ally of Johnson’s who as soon as branded then-prime minister David Cameron and his chancellor “two posh boys who don’t know the worth of milk.” She replaces Oliver Dowden, who’s handed the roving transient of minister with out portfolio on the Cupboard Workplace.
— Amanda Milling has been sacked as Conservative Celebration co-chair in a transfer that comes simply weeks earlier than the celebration gathers for its annual convention.