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Truss replaces Raab at Foreign Office with 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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Michael Gove appointed housing secretary; Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick lose roles; Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak keep postsMichael Gove appointed housing secretary; Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick lose roles; Priti Patel and Rishi Sunak keep posts
No 10 has confirmed that Nadine Dorries is the new culture secretary. (See 4.36pm.)
And No 10 has confirmed that Oliver Dowden will be minister without portfolio in the Cabinet Office. That is the government title that Amanda Milling had alongside her party title as co-chair. Dowden is reportedly becoming Tory co-chair too.
No 10 has confirmed that Mark Spencer is staying as chief whip.
The FT’s Jim Pickard has posted a tweet implying you could see this as a ratings-related reshuffle, or one that seemed to give party members the final say.
(But the thesis does not quite work because he has not included Robert Buckland.)
Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, is going to replace Amanda Milling as Conservative party chair, or co-chair, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reports. Milling was doing the job alongside Ben Elliott, who is not an MP.
The key point in the reaction to the appointment of Dominic Raab to the justice brief from Derek Sweeting QC, chair of the Bar Council, lies in the last sentence, in which he calls for someone to make the position their own. He points out that Raab is the eighth lord chancellor in 10 turbulent years for the justice system.
Sweeting said:
Nadine Dorries may be the next culture secretary, the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg reports.
Dorries, currently a health minister, is a very successful fiction writer, which means she would be better qualified to represent the creative industries than many other people who have done that job. But she is also rightwing and pro-Brexit - two traits that might make her less welcome in the arts world.
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”.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.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.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.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.)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.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.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.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.
Priti Patel is staying as home secretary, my colleague Jessica Elgot reports.
UPDATE: No 10 has just confirmed this.
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 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.
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.