Gavin Williamson's sacking as education secretary and Dominic Raab being moved from foreign secretary are the major headlines as the prime minister carries out a reshuffle.


Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle: Who’s in and who’s out as prime minister changes his top team


Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle: Who’s in and who’s out as prime minister changes his top team

Boris Johnson has shaken up his top team, and there have been some notable casualties in his latest reshuffle.

This is who is in and who is out of the prime minister’s cabinet, as well as those who have moved roles.

The prime minister sacked under-fire Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and moved Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to the justice department.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Home Secretary Priti Patel keep their jobs.

But there are promotions for Liz Truss, who goes to the Foreign Office, and Nadine Dorries, who gets culture.

Downing Street said the aim of the reshuffle was to “put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic”.

More moves are expected over the coming hours, as Mr Johnson seeks to fill vacant positions.

In addition to justice secretary and Lord Chancellor, Mr Raab has also been given the title of deputy prime minister, after what is understood to have been a lengthy and difficult conversation with the prime minister.

A source denied Mr Raab was angry with the move from the Foreign Office, but he is understood to be unhappy with the way his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan was portrayed.

In other moves:

  • 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 will also co-chair the Conservative Party, replacing Amanda Milling
  • Simon Clarke becomes Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Nick Gibb, the schools minister, leaves government after seven years

The big winners from the reshuffle include Ms Dorries, a junior health minister and best-selling novelist who has never sat in the cabinet before, and Ms Truss, who moves into one of the top three jobs in government from the Department for International Trade.

New Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Michael Gove will also retain responsibility for the government’s “levelling up” agenda – spreading wealth and opportunity around the country – and handling demands for another Scottish independence referendum.

The biggest headline of the reshuffle so far is Dominic Raab’s demotion from foreign secretary to justice secretary and lord chancellor.

His handling of the crisis in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover 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, a decision that is potentially designed to placate the now former foreign secretary.

His replacement is Liz Truss, who moves from her role as international trade secretary while keeping her job as women and equalities minister.

Popular with party members, and seen as having been effective in her role negotiating post-Brexit trade agreements, Ms Truss becomes the UK’s second female foreign secretary after Labour’s Margaret Beckett.

It also cements her position as the longest continuously serving member of the current cabinet, having been at the top table since 2014.

Michael Gove is another on the move, becoming housing, communities and local government secretary.

He also takes on cross-government responsibility for levelling up and keeps his ministerial responsibilities for the union and elections.

Oliver Dowden moves from culture secretary to become minister without portfolio in the Cabinet Office, as well as Conservative Party co-chair.

Stephen Barclay shifts from chief secretary to the Treasury to become chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Cabinet Office minister.A new entrant to cabinet is Nadine Dorries, who becomes culture secretary.The best-selling author and former star of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, who has been a MP since 2005, was previously a minister in the Department for Health.

Nadhim Zahawi is also promoted to education secretary, having occupied the post of vaccines minister since November.

“Children and young people have had a tough time during this pandemic and I’ll be listening to them and their families as we accelerate our work to build back better and fairer,” he said.

“From my own experience, I know what a beacon of opportunity this country can be and I want all children, young people and adults to have access to a brilliant education, the right qualifications and opportunities to secure good jobs.”

Anne-Marie Trevelyan makes a swift return to cabinet as international trade secretary.

She lost her seat at the top table last September when the Department for International Development was disbanded.

Simon Clarke becomes chief secretary to the Treasury and will attend cabinet.

STAYING

Ministers staying

Rishi Sunak – chancellor

Priti Patel – home secretary

Sajid Javid – health secretary

Ben Wallace – defence secretary

Grant Shapps – transport secretary

Kwasi Kwarteng – business secretary

Therese Coffey – work and pensions secretary

George Eustice – environment secretary

Alok Sharma – COP26 president

Brandon Lewis – Northern Ireland secretary

Simon Hart – Wales secretary

Alister Jack – Scotland secretary

Suella Braverman – attorney general

Lord Frost – Brexit minister in the Cabinet Office

Mark Spencer – chief whip

Jacob Rees-Mogg – Commons leader

Baroness Evans – Lords leader

Kit Malthouse – Home Office and Ministry of Justice minister and will attend cabinet

Michelle Donelan – minister of state at Department for Education and will attend cabinet

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