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FRESHLY promoted Cabinet ministers are settling into their new posts – while junior MPs are anxiously waiting to learn if they’ve got a job.

New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss beamed as she sat pride of place beside Boris Johnson in the Commons earlier today.

And Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries hit the ground running with a session in Parliament – just hours after being appointed in a brutal reshuffle.

The PM yesterday took an axe to his Cabinet by demoting Dominic Raab and sacking four ministers including gaffe-prone Gavin Williamson.

He has temporarily paused the shake-up of junior positions while he meets foreign leaders in Downing Street.

On a second dramatic day of his surprise reshuffle the PM is set to chop and change another series of key ministerial posts.

Long-serving schools minister Nick Gibb has been given the chop in a move that stunned Westminster.

And this morning ex Cabinet heavyweight Penny Mordaunt was also shifted from her role as Paymaster General to trade minister.

Defence secretary Ben Wallace insisted colleagues weren’t sacked for “incompetence” but because the PM wanted to “bring on talent”.

Read our Boris Johnson live blog below for the latest updates…

  • NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Raab and Gove lose out as Truss promoted in reshuffle
    • High noon for ministers who fell short of expectations
    • Another first for Truss as she arrives at the top table
    • Get ready for a general election, says Dowden
    • Britain will help Australia build subs to counter China
  • NADHIM ZAHAWI MAKES HIMSELF AT HOME

    New Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi settles into his new department.

    He shared pictures of himself meeting officials – and making himself comfortable in axed Gavin Williamson’s old office.

    Zahawi has been promoted to the Cabinet as a reward for his work as vaccines minister.

  • AFTERNOON LULL…

    There’s been a bit of a lull in the reshuffle this afternoon as Boris Johnson meets world leaders.

    But the message doesn’t seem to have trickled down to Tory MPs, who we’re told by one of their number are “s****ing themselves” with nerves. 

    Don’t panic. Appointments are about to strike up again. Stay tuned.

  • NEW CABINET MEETING TOMORROW

    Boris Johnson will chair his first meeting of the new Cabinet at 9am tomorrow.

    While many familiar faces will file into the Cabinet Room in 10 Downing Street, some like Nadhim Zahawi and Nadine Dorries will be there for the first time.

    Cabinet meetings are typically on Tuesday mornings but the PM is keen to gather his top team following yesterday’s reshuffle.

  • STILL WAITING…

    There is still a buzz around Parliament today as MPs wait to hear if they’re in or out of Boris Johnson’s Government.

    Many MPs leave Westminster on Thursday afternoons to head back to their constituencies for the weekend.

    But the Parliamentary estate remains a hive of reshuffle talk, with members glued to their phones.

  • RESHUFFLE PAUSED AS BORIS MEETS LEADERS

    Boris Johnson has paused his ministerial reshuffle while he meets foreign leaders.

    This afternoon he welcomed Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, to Downing Street and will later meet US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

    It means junior MPs are forced to wait anxiously by their phones to see if they’ve landed one of the remaining ministerial jobs.

    Credit: PA
  • CABINET ‘ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE EVER’

    Boris Johnson’s reshaped top team is “one of the most diverse Cabinets in history”, Downing Street has said.

    Two of the four Great Offices of State – prime minister, chancellor, home secretary and foreign secretary – are held by women.

    But half of the new Cabinet Ministers attended private school, which has drawn criticism from Labour.

  • FIRST DAY IN THE JOB

    Liz Truss smiles for the cameras as she starts her first day as Foreign Secretary.

    She’s the first female Tory to ever hold the post and was the biggest winner from yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle.

    This morning she sat pride of place beside Boris Johnson in the House of Commons.

    Credit: PA
  • JOHN WHITTINGDALE OUT AS CULTURE MINISTER

    John Whittingdale tweeted to say he was “stepping down” as a minister in the Culture Department this morning.

    A former Culture Secretary, he only yesterday made a keynote speech to the Royal Television Society.

    But his absence in the Commons earlier for Culture Questions all but confirmed his departure.

  • ROW AS STARMER ALLY TAKES AIM AT ZAHAWI

    A Labour frontbencher sparked a furious row this morning by accusing Iraqi-refugee and new Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi of not knowing hardship.

    West Streeting lamented “yet another Education Secretary that didn’t go to state school like most people.”

    Fuming Tories rallied to Mr Zahawi’s defence – pointing out that he fled Saddam Hussein to the UK as a child without be able to speak a word of English.

    Conservative MP Richard Holden tweeted: “This is unbelievably cheap from the normally pretty sensible Wes Streeting.”

  • NADINE ALREADY IN POST

    No time to ease into the job for Nadine Dorries, who is taking questions in the Commons just hours after being appointed Culture Secretary.

    Tory MPs are congratulating Dorries for her promotion from junior health minister.

    Dorries is an accomplished author and famously appeared on I’m A Celebrity.

  • GIBB GOING MAKES ZAHAWI’S JOB HARDER

    You may have never heard of him, but for the best part of a decade Nick Gibb has been quietly toiling away as a vital cog in the Department for Education.

    From 2005-2010 he served as the shadow schools minister, before taking on the role for real under David Cameron’s coalition government.

    Bar a short two-year hiatus on the backbenches, Gibb has remained in post ever since.

    His experience had seemed to make him unsackable – but last night he surprisingly announced he had left the Government.

    With a fresh-faced Education Secretary in Nadhim Zahawi, who’s left with a rammed in-tray, time will tell how much of a loss Gibb will be for the nation’s schools.

  • MUSICAL CHAIRS

    Penny Mordaunt has been shunted from her role as Paymaster General to take on a new job as a trade minister.

    That means Michael Ellis, the current Solicitor General for England and Wales, will move into her old job at the Cabinet Office.

    Making way from the trade department is Greg Hands, who is moving to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

    Lots of ministers getting to grips with their new briefs this morning…

  • BEN THERE DONE THAT

    Defence secretary Ben Wallace has defended the PM’s Cabinet cull and insisted colleagues weren’t sacked for being bad at their jobs.

    He said Boris wanted to bring in new talent, including more women into top jobs, and give rising stars added experience.

    Mr Wallace said he’d “lost some very good personal friends” in the reshuffle and predicted he too will be axed one day.

    He said: “The PM has to make those tough decisions. He has removed people from government not because they’re incompetent, not because they weren’t loyal enough, but often he has to refresh his team.

    “Politics is often a business of the moment. There are people that are right for certain times and there are people are right for other times.”

    He even defended Dominic Raab, who he clashed with over the Afghanistan crisis, insisting the ex foreign secretary wasn’t demoted for his bungled handling of the evacuation from Kabul.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • RECAP: WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT?

    Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary = OUT
    Robert Buckland, Justice Secretary = OUT
    Robert Jenrick, Housing Secretary = OUT
    Amanda Milling as Conservative Party co-chair = OUT

    Stephen Barclay shifts from chief secretary to the Treasury to become chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Cabinet Office minister.

    Nadine Dorries becomes Culture Secretary.

    Nadhim Zahawi promoted to Education Secretary.

    Anne-Marie Trevelyan makes a swift return to cabinet as International Trade Secretary.

  • PENNY FOR HER THOUGHTS

    Ex Cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt has revealed that she’s been sacked from her job as Paymaster General.

    The former big hitter, who was defence secretary under Theresa May, had even been tipped by some for a promotion before the reshuffle.

    She campaigned alongside Boris Johnson for Brexit as a key member of Vote Leave back in 2016.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • WELSH TORIES WILL WORK ‘SHOULDER TO SHOULDER’ WITH UK GOVERNMENT

    Commenting on the Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle, Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies MS said: “First and foremost, I would like to thank every departing cabinet minister for their efforts in government, particularly over the past 18 months as Britain has tackled our biggest ever peacetime crisis.

    “Upon entering government, the Prime Minister set out a dynamic and ambitious vision to level up the whole of the country. This reshuffle delivers a strong and united team as we recover from the pandemic and get Britain back on the road to prosperity.

    “From the Senedd, the Welsh Conservatives will work shoulder to shoulder with Boris Johnson’s new cabinet as they redouble their efforts to deliver on the people’s priorities and build a better Britain.”

  • PATEL: ‘THERE IS STILL SO MUCH MORE TO DO’

    Priti Patel has said it is “a huge privilege” to remain at the Home Office amid Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

    “A huge privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” she tweeted.

    “There is still so much more to do to deliver for the British people. Tackling illegal migration, cutting crime and continuing to keep our great country safe.”

  • KATE GREEN SPEAKS ON GAVIN WILLIAMSON SACKING

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green said Mr Williamson had: “failed children and young people, their parents and our hard-working education staff throughout one of the most testing periods in our history”.

  • DOM’S ‘PRIVILEGE’ TO SERVE AS FOREIGN SEC

    Dominic Raab tonight spoke out after being demoted from Foreign Secretary.

    He said he was “delighted” to have been appointed Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister and will turn his attention to cutting crime.

    Mr Raab is a former junior minister in the Justice Department.

  • ‘LET’S GET ON WITH THE JOB’

    In a statement, the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has written: “The Cabinet I have appointed today will work tirelessly to unite and level up the whole country.

    “We will build back better from the pandemic and deliver on your priorities.

    “Now let’s get on with the job.”

  • ONE OF THE BIGGEST HEADLINES OF THE RESHUFFLE

    One of the biggest headlines of the reshuffle is Dominic Raab’s demotion from Foreign Secretary to Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.

    His handling of the crisis in Afghanistan put him under severe pressure – with other cabinet figures briefing heavily against him, and opposition parties demanding he resign or be sacked.

    Mr Raab has also officially become deputy prime minister, a role he de facto previously had as First Secretary of State.

  • MOVES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED

    • Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi is promoted to education secretary
    • Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is fired – and replaced by Michael Gove
    • Treasury minister Steve Barclay replaces Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
    • Oliver Dowden is given the role of minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office
    • Mr Dowden also becomes Conservative Party co-chair, replacing Amanda Milling
    • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Source: thesun

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