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Truss replaces Raab in reshuffle as Zahawi gets education role following Williamson’s exit – UK politics live Truss replaces Raab in reshuffle as Zahawi gets education role following Williamson’s exit – UK politics live
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Michael Gove new housing secretary, Nadhim Zahawi gets reward for vaccine role; Nadine Dorries new culture secretary; Buckland and Jenrick outMichael Gove new housing secretary, Nadhim Zahawi gets reward for vaccine role; Nadine Dorries new culture secretary; Buckland and Jenrick out
Baroness Evans of Bowes Park is staying as Lord Privy Seal and leader of the Lords, No 10 says.
And George Eustice is staying as environment secretary, No 10 says.
There was some doubt as to whether he would stay because it was reported earlier this year that Carrie Symonds, a conservationist and animal lover, wanted him replaced because she thinks he is not doing enough on animal welfare.
That’s all from me for tonight.
My colleague Lucy Campbell is taking over now. Almost all the cabinet jobs have now been confirmed or announced, although we do not know what is happening to Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, and who will replace Stephen Barclay as chief secretary to the Treasury. There has been some talk of it being Rees-Mogg, which would mean someone joining the cabinet as leader of the house.
No 10 has confirmed that Lord Frost is staying as Brexit minister and Alister Jack is staying as Scottish secretary.
Simon Hart is staying as Welsh secretary, No 10 says.
Ed Vaizey, the former culture minister, has welcomed the appointment of Nadine Dorries as the new culture secretary. Given that he is reportedly angling for the Ofcom chairmanship, he may be keen to make a good impression.
And Brandon Lewis stays as Northern Ireland secretary, No 10 has announced.And Brandon Lewis stays as Northern Ireland secretary, No 10 has announced.
Grant Shapps has been reappointed transport secretary, he says.Grant Shapps has been reappointed transport secretary, he says.
Emily Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, says Anne-Marie Trevelyan, her new government opposite number, used to be a climate change denier.Emily Thornberry, the shadow international trade secretary, says Anne-Marie Trevelyan, her new government opposite number, used to be a climate change denier.
No 10 has confirmed that Alok Sharma, Cop26 president, Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary, Thérèse Coffey, work and pensions secretary and Sajid Javid, health secretary, are all remaining in post. No 10 has confirmed that Alok Sharma, Cop26 president, Kwasi Kwarteng, business secretary, Thérèse Coffey, work and pensions secretary, and Sajid Javid, health secretary, are all remaining in post.
Robert Buckland has published his resignation letter on Twitter. If he is bitter about his sacking, he does not really show it and the letter is mostly a summary of what he is done that he is proud of. Robert Buckland has published his resignation letter on Twitter. If he is bitter about his sacking, he does not really show it and the letter is mostly a summary of what he has done that he is proud of.
But he does say that the legal system needs more investment and that “years of underfunding beforehand have not helped”.But he does say that the legal system needs more investment and that “years of underfunding beforehand have not helped”.
He also says that, as a backbencher, he intends to campaign on behalf of the neurodiverse. He has an autistic daughter and he says:He also says that, as a backbencher, he intends to campaign on behalf of the neurodiverse. He has an autistic daughter and he says:
Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been appointed international trade secretary, No 10 has announced.Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been appointed international trade secretary, No 10 has announced.
She used to sit in cabinet as international development secretary until Boris Johnson merged the department with the Foreign Office last year. When her job disappeared she became a business minister, at minister of state level, and so this is a clear promotion.She used to sit in cabinet as international development secretary until Boris Johnson merged the department with the Foreign Office last year. When her job disappeared she became a business minister, at minister of state level, and so this is a clear promotion.
Conservative MPs warned Boris Johnson against “hastily” reducing universal credit (UC) for millions of families, as the House of Commons backed a motion to cancel the cut, PA Media reports. PA says:
The Commons division list shows that four Conservative MPs voted for the Labour motion. They were: Peter Aldous, Neil Hudson, John Stevenson and William Wragg.
Stephen Barclay is the new Cabinet Office minister and chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster. He is replacing Michael Gove, who is now housing secretary. Barclay was chief secretary to the Treasury.
Here is reaction to Nadhim Zahawi’s appointment as education secretary from three education specialists.
From Mark Leach, founder of Wonkhe, a higher education policy website
From Sam Freedman, a former Department for Education official who is now an education writer and adviser to Ark Schools
From Laura McInerney, co-founder of the Teacher Tapp app
Ben Wallace is staying as defence secretary, No 10 says.
Nadhim Zahawi has been promoted to education secretary. He was vaccine deployment minister until today, and he has previously served in DfE as minister for children and families when Theresa May was PM.
The BBC’s director of news has defended the corporation’s impartiality and criticised the abuse directed at a former UK Huffpost editor and experienced broadcast journalist who has just been appointed to a senior editorial post.The corporation announced the appointment of Jess Brammar, who will run the corporation’s rolling news channels, despite the attempts of a board member with ties to Downing Street to block the move on political grounds.The journalist, who had also worked as acting editor of Newsnight, had also faced months of attacks in Conservative media outlets after she emerged as the leading candidate for the role.Her appointment as executive editor, BBC news channels, comes despite a highly-unusual intervention by Sir Robbie Gibb, a former director of communications to Theresa May who was appointed to the BBC Board by the government earlier this year. In a leaked text message obtained by the Financial Times, Gibb said in June the BBC “cannot make this appointment” if they want to retain the support of the government.In an email to BBC staff on Wednesday, Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, wrote that the appointment had been made “through fair and open competition” and added that she wanted to address some points. She went on:
Nadine Dorries was a prolific user of Twitter before she became a minister, and her back catalogue will make interesting reading now that she is culture secretary.
Here is a tweet from December 2017, suggesting that the “war on woke” launched by Oliver Dowden when he was secretary is likely to continue.
And she posted this about the BBC in March 2018. Again, this suggests continuity with the Dowden regime. See 10.30am.
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.