Theresa May has made wholesale changes to her top team as she continues her first Cabinet reshuffle.
Theresa May entered No 10 as Prime Minister on Wednesday. Credit: PA Images
Michael Gove, Nicky Morgan and John Whittingdale have all been sacked, while Stephen Crabb and Theresa Villiers have resigned.
The only two top ministers confirmed to have remained in place are Jeremy Hunt and Michael Fallon, who keep their jobs as Health Secretary and Defence Secretary respectively.
Justine Greening takes charge of a beefed-up Department for Education, which now has responsibility for further and higher education, apprenticeships and skills.
Greg Clark is now the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He was formerly the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Liz Truss has become the first female Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, replacing Mr Gove at the Ministry of Justice.
Damian Green has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He was previously a backbencher
Sajid Javid has moved from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to become the Communities Secretary.
Andrea Leadsom, Ms May’s leadership rival, replaces Ms Truss at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Chris Grayling, the new Prime Minister’s campaign manager, is rewarded with a post as Transport Secretary. Damian Green and James Brokenshire, colleagues from Ms May’s tenure at the Home Office, have been promoted to Work and Pensions Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary.
Patrick McLoughlin is the new Conservative chairman and will combine that post with the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, taking on roles previously held by Lord Feldman and Oliver Letwin.
David Cameron’s former PPS Gavin Williamson is the new Government Chief Whip.
The Government leadership in the House of Lords has also seen changes, with Baroness Evans of Bowes Park taking over from Baroness Stowell as Leader of the Lords.
Crabb stood down as Work and Pensions Secretary days after being embroiled in a sexting scandal. In a statement, he said he took the decision because it was “in the best interests” of his family.
Villiers has also departed as Northern Ireland Secretary after she declined a more junior job in government.
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OSBORNE OUT, BORIS IN
May announced a series of top appointments last night, including the news that Boris Johnson was the new Foreign Secretary.
Philip Hammond replaced George Osborne, who was sacked from the Government, as Chancellor.
Prominent Brexiteers Liam Fox and David Davis became Trade Secretary and Brexit Secretary respectively, while Amber Rudd took over at the Home Office.