Boris Johnson has got to work on his Cabinet
Defence Secretary Ms Mordaunt quit less than an hour ago, though it is believed she was booted our by Mr Johnson. Liam Fox followed as did Greg Clark. Others include David Lidington, Theresa May’s deputy, as well as Phillip Hammond, who announced his resignation yesterday. Sajid Javid was seen first being summoned into No10, which is typically the honour given to the person to be Chancellor. It was confirmed moments after.
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Damien Hinds and Chris Grayling quickly followed suit, with Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announcing he was leaving his post yesterday.
News of the exodus of politicians being sacked or leaving their roles comes as Mr Johnson today vowed to “restore public faith in democracy”.
In his first speech as Prime Minister, he said: “It has become clear that there are pessimists at home and abroad who think that after three years of indecision that this country has become a prisoner to the old arguments of 2016 and that in this home of democracy we are incapable of honouring a basic democratic mandate.
“Those critics are wrong. The doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters – they are going to get it wrong again. The people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts because we are going to restore trust in our democracy and we are going to fulfil the repeated promises of parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31 no ifs or buts.”
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8.25pm update: Gavin Williamson appointed to Education brief
Gavin Williamson was sacked as defence secretary by Theresa May just two months ago after he was blamed for leaking information from a national security meeting.
However, now he is back in front line politics.
Boris Johnson has appointed Mr Williamson, who ran the former London Mayor’s Tory leadership campaign, to Education Secretary.
8.01pm update: Matt Hancock remains Health Secretary
No10 tweeted that Matt Hancock will keep his role as Health Secretary.
The post read: “The Rt Hon Matt Hancock @MattHancock is Secretary of State for Health and Social Care @DHSCgovuk.”
Mr Hancock thanked Theresa May on her last day in office.
He said: “A privilege to sit on the front bench for @theresa_may’s final #PMQs. Thank you for your endless integrity, tenacity, and deep commitment to public service.”
8pm update: 1922 Committee calls Boris Johnson’s Cabinet clear out ‘summer’s day massacre’
The 1922 Committee subbed Boris Johnson’s Cabinet clear out “a summer’s day massacre”.
Nigel Evans, a member of the Committee, said it was “not so much a reshuffle as a summer’s day massacre”.
Up to 17 ministers have left their posts.
7.32pm update: Boris-backer Liz Truss appointed Liam Fox’s role
Liz Truss, who supported Boris Johnson throughout his campaign, has been appointed International Trade Secretary.
She will take over the role from Liam Fox who was sacked by the new PM today.
Matt Hancock smiled nervously as he made his way toward No10
7.26pm update: Andrea Leadsom arrives at No10
Andrea Leadsom was seen looking thoughtful as she attended No10 to see what was in store for her.
The Brexiteer was one of many that came out in support of Mr Johnson.
7.21pm update: Ben Wallace appointed Defence Secretary
Ben Wallace has been made Defence Secretary having scooped the role from Penny Mordaunt, who was sacked earlier today.
Mr Wallace was State for Security and Economic Crime.
A statement from No10 read: “The Rt Hon Ben Wallace @BWallaceMP has been appointed Secretary of State @DefenceHQ
7.15pm update: Dominic Cummings becomes special advisor to PM
Dominic Cummings has been made Boris Johnson’s special advisor.
Mr Cummings was the Campaign Director of Vote Leave, of which Mr Johnson backed relentlessly.
7.11pm update: Michael Gove demoted to Duchy of Lancaster
Michael Gove is now the ex Environment Secretary, having been emoted to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
He will oversee the civil service in his new role.
It was widely expected he would get the sack after his infamous attack on Boris Johnson when Theresa May was in office.
Andrea Leadsom seen on the approach to No10
7.10pm update: Stephen Barclay remains Brexit Secretary
Brexit bulldog Stephen Barclay has kept his role of Brexit Secretary thanks to Boris Johnson.
7.01pm update: Matt Hancock walks nervously toward No10 door
Health Secretary Matt Hancock was seen walking nervously toward the doors of No10 to await his fate in the hands of new PM Boris Johsnon.
Mr Hancock failed to get backing in the early stages of the Tory leadership race.
7pm update: Dominic Raab appointed Foreign Secretary
Brexiteer Dominic Raab has been made Foreign Secretary, with Boris Johnson filling the position a hour after Jeremy Hunt quit.
Mr Raab initially suggested the idea of suspending Parliament to force a no deal Brexit through, before he was out of the leadership contest.
6.48pm update: Priti Patel becomes the new Home Secretary
Priti Patel has been made the new Home Secretary in an unexpected return to the frontbenches.
Ms Patel will take over the position from Sajid Javid, who just blame the new Chancellor.
Boris has sacked a huge number of politicians
6.40pm update: List of other resignations
Before Boris Johnson took office today, a number of Theresa May Cabinet members and aides quit.
These were – Philip Hammond, Rory Stewart, David Lidington and David Gawke.
6.32pm update: Mel Stride sacked as Leader of the Commons
Leader of the House of Commons Mel Stride has been sacked from his role by Boris Johnson.
He said in a Twitter post: “Huge honour to have served as Lord President and Leader of the House. Looking forward to continuing to support my constituents and our PM from backbenches. Huge thanks to all who supported me so brilliantly during my 5 yrs in govt – in the whips office, HMT and in Leader’s Office.”
6.25pm update: Claire Perry keeps job under Boris Johnson’s Government – with added extras
Claire Perry kept her job as Minister of State or Energy and Clean Growth.
She was given the extra responsibility of COP26 President by the new PM.
She took to Twitter to share the news.
She said: “Delighted to accept new PM’s offer to become COP26 President working closely with him but in order to do the job properly I suggested that I relinquish the broader Clean Growth and Energy portfolio and he has agreed.”
6.22pm update: Boris Johnson wipes out David Cameron’s Cabinet entirely
Boris Johnson has wiped out everybody that was once part of David Cameron’s Cabinet.
According to Sky News, nobody who served in Mr Cameron’s Cabinet is in Mr Johnson’s.
Dominic Raab was one of many summoned by Mr Johnson
6.19pm update: Jeremy Hunt’s resignation in full
Jeremy Hunt wrote a lengthy post on Twitter resigning.
Mr Hunt, who aggressively criticised Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership race, said: “I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support.
“I’ve been a cabinet minister for every hour my 3 gorgeous children have been alive. So whilst it may seem strange for someone who just tried to become PM (& is a terrible cliche) I have decided now is the time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a GOOD DAD!
“It has been a huge honour 2 be responsible 4 the finest diplomatic service in the world & 2 see the courage & wisdom of our diplomats & intelligence services. Thanks 4 guiding me with such patience & professionalism! Proud to have stood up alongside you for British values.
“Also most importantly heartfelt thanks to the 1/3 of Conservative Party members who supported me. Despite being the outsider, the #HastobeHunt campaign was spirited & smart (if I do say so myself). I was truly humbled with the confidence placed in me by so many people.”
Mr Hunt attacked Mr Johnson for not attending a debate on TV, creating the hashtag – BoJoNoShow.
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Mr Johnson wasted no time getting down to business
6.15pm update: Dominic Raab summoned by Boris Johnson
Dominic Raab has been summoned by Boris Johnson.
Mr Raab, also a Brexiteer who came out in support of Mr Johnson’s campaign, was Brexit Secretary after David Davis.
He quit when he locked horns with Mrs May over her hated Chequers agreement.
Mr Johnson and Mr Davis quit around the same time for the same reason.
Mr Raab was in the running to be PM.
6.13pm update: Priti Patel seen smiling going into No10
Priti Patel was seen grinning going into No10.
She is an avid Brexiteer and was sacked by Theresa May.
She was International Development Secretary.
6.10pm update: Boris Johnson makes Sajid Javid Chancellor
Chancellor of the Exchequer under Boris Johnson’s Government is Sajid Javid.
He will take over the role from Phillip Hammond.
Mr Hammond resigned yesterday.
In his letter of resignation he said: “We bequeath to our successors genuine choices, once a Brexit deal is done: the ability to choose, within the fiscal rules, between increased public spending, reduced taxes, higher investment or progress towards faster debt reduction – or some combination of all four.
“After a decade when the aftermath of the 2008-09 recession meant we had no choices, this is a luxury which our successors should use wisely.”
Mr Johnson today warned he would get rid of the pessimists in his speech as PM
1/4 I would have been honoured to carry on my work at the FCO but understand the need for a new PM to choose his team. BJ kindly offered me another role but after 9 yrs in Cabinet & over 300 cab mtgs now is the time to return 2 backbenches from where PM will have my full support
— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 24, 2019
6.05pm update: Foreign Secretary Jeremy hunt quits
Jeremy hunt has quit his role of Foreign Secretary after turning down Boris Johnson’s offer of Defence Secretary.
Mr Hunt was in the final two against Mr Johnson, who got 66 percent backing from Conservative Party members.
6.04pm update: Jeremy Wright fired as Culture Secretary
Jeremy Wright was sacked by Boris Johnson as he revamped his Cabinet immediately after his speech on the steps of No1O.
6.01pm update: David Mundell sacked
David Mundell has been sacked as Scottish Secretary by Boris Johnson, as he continues to oust a huge amount of politicians after taking office as PM.
5.59pm update: Karen Brady sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary
Karen Brady has lost her position as Northern Ireland Secretary.
She is MP for Staffordshire Moorlands.
Sajid Javid was seen smiling as he entered No10
5.55pm update: Sajid Javid seen going into No10
Brexiteer Sajid Javid was seen going into No10 having been summoned by Boris Johnson.
Mr Javid, who was knocked out of the Tory leadership race early, is widely rumoured to be made Chancellor.
He is currently Home Secretary.
5.47pm update: Boris Johnson ditches early supporter
One of Mr Johnson’s early supporters in his bid to become Tory leader has been relieved of his position.
James Brokenshire, the former Communities Secretary, has been told he does not have a position in the new Cabinet.
5.45pm update: David Frost rumoured to the Olly Robbins’ job
David Frost is reported to be taking on Olly Robbins’ role as Brexit negotiator, according to Guido Fawkes.
Mr Robbins quit when former PM Mrs May announced her resignation.
5.40pm update: Mark Spencer appointed Chief Whip
Boris Johnson has appointed Mark Spencer as Chief Whip.
5.29 pm update: Chris Grayling quits as Transport Secretary
Chris Grayling has quit his role as Transport Secretary.
He previously faced two inquiries into a fiasco with EuroTunnel that cost taxpayers £33million.
He had his own hashtag on social media – #FailingGrayling.
Boris Johnson arriving at Downing Street today
I’m heading to the backbenches from where the PM will have my full support, as will my successors at @DefenceHQ & @WomenEqualities
Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get things done, especially our Armed Forces and civilians in defence for the last 85 days. We achieved much������������
— Penny Mordaunt MP (@PennyMordaunt) July 24, 2019
(1/4) Sadly, I will be leaving the Government. It has been a privilege to have served as Secretary of State for International Trade these past 3 years.
— Dr Liam Fox MP (@LiamFox) July 24, 2019
5.20pm update: Caroline Nokes sacked as Immigration Minister
Caroline Nokes has been sacked by Boris Johnson as Immigration Minister in the latest in his Cabinet reshuffle.
5.17pm update: Damien Hinds sacked as Education Secretary
Education Secretary Damien Hinds has lost his job an hour after Boris Johnson took office.
4.55pm update: Greg Clark and Liam Fox sacked
Liam Fox has resigned as the International Trade Secretary.
Greg Clark has also resigned.
Mr Clark said: “I warmly congratulate Boris Johnson on becoming Prime Minister. He is right to appoint a new team for a new premiership and I wish him and them well for the vital work ahead.”
4.51pm update: Penny Mordaunt resigns
Penny Mordaunt has reigned as Defence Secretary.
She posted on Twitter: “I’m heading to the backbenches from where the PM will have my full support, as will my successors at @DefenceHQ & @WomenEqualities
Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get things done, especially our Armed Forces and civilians in defence for the last 85 days. We achieved much.”