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Dominic Raab moved from Foreign Office and Gavin Williamson out in cabinet reshuffle – UK politics live Truss replaces Raab at Foreign Office with Williamson out in cabinet reshuffle – UK politics live
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Foreign secretary, education secretary, Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick lose roles; Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak keep posts Michael Gove appointed housing secretary; Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick lose roles; Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak keep posts
Michael Gove is the new housing secretary, No 10 has announced. As well as being the new secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, he will also take on “cross-government responsibility for levelling up” while he “retains ministerial responsibility for the union and elections”.
He was at the Cabinet Office where he was Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.
Michael Gove will move from the Cabinet Office to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, which is also becoming the levelling-up department, the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith reports.
This is from ITV’s Anushka Asthana on Liz Truss’s promotion.
And this is from the FT’s Philip Stephens. (King Charles Street is where the Foreign Office is based.)
Nadine Dorries, the health minister, and Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccine deployment minister, have gone in to Downing Street.
Zahawi has been tipped as the next party chair.
Sir Bob Neill, the Conservative chair of the Commons justice committee, thinks Robert Buckland did not deserve to be sacked, Sky’s Jon Craig reports.
This is from David Lammy, the shadow justice secretary, on his new opposite number, Dominic Raab.
And this is from Wera Hobhouse, the Lib Dem justice spokesperson.
Downing Street has confirmed Liz Truss’s appointment as foreign secretary.
Liz Truss is the next foreign secretary, the Times’ Steven Swinford reports. That is is big promotion for the international trade secretary. But the move will be popular with Tory members, who have regularly rated her as the best performing member of the cabinet. (See 2.26pm.)
These are from ITV’s Robert Peston.These are from ITV’s Robert Peston.
Priti Patel is staying as home secretary, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports.Priti Patel is staying as home secretary, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports.
UPDATE: No 10 has just confirmed this.UPDATE: No 10 has just confirmed this.
Rishi Sunak is staying as chancellor, No 10 has confirmed. No one thought he wasn’t.Rishi Sunak is staying as chancellor, No 10 has confirmed. No one thought he wasn’t.
Downing Street has confirmed that Robert Buckland, Robert Jenrick and Gavin Williamson have all been sacked. A spokesperson said they have all “now left government”. The spokesperson went on:Downing Street has confirmed that Robert Buckland, Robert Jenrick and Gavin Williamson have all been sacked. A spokesperson said they have all “now left government”. The spokesperson went on:
Downing Street has confirmed that Dominic Raab is becoming justice secretary and deputy PM. It says the Queen has approved his appointment as “deputy prime minister, lord chancellor, and secretary of state for justice”.Downing Street has confirmed that Dominic Raab is becoming justice secretary and deputy PM. It says the Queen has approved his appointment as “deputy prime minister, lord chancellor, and secretary of state for justice”.
He seems to have lost the first secretary of state title, but arguably deputy PM is just a fancier version of first secretary of state.He seems to have lost the first secretary of state title, but arguably deputy PM is just a fancier version of first secretary of state.
Most cabinets have someone seen as the de facto deputy PM, but very few people had the job as a formal title. The last person was Nick Clegg. Because of the nature of the coalition, he had some clout. If he had gone, he could have collapsed the coalition. For other people, the title has been more cosmetic. Geoffrey Howe was made deputy prime minister when (like Raab) he was moved from foreign secretary. Howe also had another, more junior job (leader of the Commons). Being deputy prime minister sounded important, but Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary, briefed that the title was essentially meaningless.Most cabinets have someone seen as the de facto deputy PM, but very few people had the job as a formal title. The last person was Nick Clegg. Because of the nature of the coalition, he had some clout. If he had gone, he could have collapsed the coalition. For other people, the title has been more cosmetic. Geoffrey Howe was made deputy prime minister when (like Raab) he was moved from foreign secretary. Howe also had another, more junior job (leader of the Commons). Being deputy prime minister sounded important, but Bernard Ingham, Margaret Thatcher’s press secretary, briefed that the title was essentially meaningless.
Dominic Raab is moving from foreign secretary to justice secretary, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reports.
That would be a demotion.
But she also says he is being made deputy prime minister, as well as retaining his first secretary of state title, which arguably would count as a promotion.
UPDATE: The Spectator’s James Forsyth has heard the same.
These are from ITV’s Carl Dinnen.
And this was from the FT’s Sebastian Payne a few minutes ago.
Amanda Milling has refused to say if she has been sacked, Sky’s Jon Craig reports.
Sky’s Jon Craig thinks Amanda Milling may be sacked from her post as Conservative party co-chair.
Harriet Harman, the former Labour deputy leader and chair of the joint committee on human rights, has paid tribute to Robert Buckland.
And Jess Phillips, the shadow minister of domestic violence, has complimented Buckland too.
I may have missed them, but I have not seen tweets from Labour MPs saying anything similar about Gavin Williamson or Robert Jenrick.
These are from Danny Shaw, the former BBC home affairs correspondent, on the departure of Robert Buckland.
The Times’ Henry Zeffman says the big losers from the reshuffle so far were all key Boris Johnson supporters in the past.
(Eventually Johnson ends up letting down almost everyone, although of course there is much to be said for a PM not letting personal loyalty get in the way get in the way of appointing the best ministers.)
Why was Robert Jenrick forced out? His sacking was probably more in the Gavin Williamson mode than the Robert Buckland mode. (See 2.26pm.) Although loyal to Boris Johnson, and said to be well regarded by his wife Carrie, Jenrick has been associated with a series of gaffes or scandals, and was seen as lucky to keep his job after intervening in a planning decision to help the billionaire Tory donor Richard Desmond. Jenrick’s move was subsequently ruled unlawful.
Jenrick is also in charge of the planning bill. But his initial plans to create a presumption in favour of development in some areas have horrified green belt Tories, and a rethink is now underway.
Robert Jenrick has been sacked from his post as housing, communities and local government secretary.
From the Sun’s Harry Cole