Cabinet reshuffle UK 2021: Boris Johnson unveils new team with Liz Truss promoted to Foreign Secretary

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The biggest move in the reshuffle saw Liz Truss replace Dominic Raab as the Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson has dramatically reshaped his top team in a Cabinet reshuffle - with Liz Truss replacing Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary.

Following widespread criticism of his handling of the crisis in Afghanistan, Mr Raab was demoted from the Foreign Office to become Justice Secretary.

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However, he was also handed the title of Deputy Prime Minister.

Two of the great offices of state are now held by women after Ms Truss was promoted during Wednesday’s reshuffle and Priti Patel kept her role of Home Secretary despite speculation she would be sacked.

While Mr Raab retained his seat at the Cabinet table, the Prime Minister sacked Mr Williamson, Robert Jenrick and Robert Buckland.

The Prime Minister will continue his reshuffle today with the focus now on junior ministers.

Here is a look in full at the Cabinet reshuffle.

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Cabinet reshuffle full list


Who remained in their position?

Priti Patel has said it is “a huge privilege” to remain as Home Secretary amid Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle. “A huge privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” she tweeted.

Rishi Sunak remains as Chancellor, Downing Street has said during Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle.

Sajid Javid will remain in his position as Health Secretary.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has left Downing Street after it was confirmed he will remain Leader of the House of Commons.

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Grant Shapps said “of course” he is pleased to remain as Transport Secretary as he left Downing Street.

Therese Coffey keeps her job as Work and Pensions Secretary, Downing Street has confirmed.

Kwasi Kwarteng will remain as Business Secretary.

Suella Braverman told the press she was “very honoured to remain as Attorney General” as she left the building.

Mark Spencer remains Chief Whip, No 10 said.

Ben Wallace remains Defence Secretary, No 10 said.

George Eustice keeps his Environment Secretary job while Alister Jack and Simon Hart remain as Scotland Secretary and Wales Secretary respectively.

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Brandon Lewis remains in his role as Northern Ireland Secretary, No 10 said.

Kit Malthouse remains a minister in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, Downing Street said. The ally of Boris Johnson will attend Cabinet, No 10 added.

Alok Sharma will remain president of the UN COP26 climate conference.

Baroness Evans said she is “very pleased to be back” after keeping her job as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Privy Seal.

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Lord Frost stays in post as Brexit minister in the Cabinet Office, No 10 said.

Michelle Donelan will remain as Minister of State for Universities.

Who was promoted?

Liz Truss is the new Foreign Secretary, No 10 has confirmed.

Nadhim Zahawi has been promoted from Vaccines Minister to Education Secretary. Downing Street said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi MP as Secretary of State for Education.”

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Michael Gove has become Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government tasked with taking on “cross-Government responsibility for levelling up”, Downing Street said.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan said “Trade it is”, confirming her new cabinet role as International Trade Secretary, as she left Number 10.

Nadine Dorries said she is “very” happy with her new role as Culture Secretary as she left Number 10.

Oliver Dowden has been moved from his position as Culture Secretary to Conservative Party co-chairman and minister without portfolio.

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Stephen Barclay has been promoted to Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister for the Cabinet Office. Downing Street said: “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Stephen Barclay MP as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister for the Cabinet Office.”

Nigel Adams has been appointed as minister of state (minister without portfolio) in the Cabinet Office as part of the reshuffle changes, No 10 said.

Simon Clarke MP has been appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury, No 10 confirmed. He will attend Cabinet.

Who was demoted?

Dominic Raab’s demotion from Foreign Secretary to Justice Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister has been confirmed by 10 Downing Street. “The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of the Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP as Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor, and Secretary of State for Justice,” a statement from No 10 said.

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Who was sacked?

Gavin Williamson confirmed his exit as Education Secretary in a tweet. He said: “It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019… I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minster and the government.”

Robert Buckland is leaving his role as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. He tweeted: “It has been an honour to serve in Government for the last 7 years, and as the Lord Chancellor for the last 2. I am deeply proud of everything I have achieved. On to the next adventure.”

Robert Jenrick said it had been a “huge privilege” to serve as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government as he confirmed his exit, saying he will “continue to support the Prime Minister and the Government in every way I can”.

Amanda Milling confirmed she had been sacked as Conservative Party co-chair. “It’s been a privilege and an honour to be the co-chairman of the Conservative Party,” she said.

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