Priti Patel stays on as Home Secretary as Boris Johnson launches major reshuffle
Dominic Raab was earlier demoted and Gavin Williamson, Robert Jenrick and Robert Buckland lost their jobs
Priti Patel has kept her job as Home Secretary amid a major Cabinet reshuffle by Boris Johnson.
It was thought Patel might be pushed out or demoted, but it has since been confirmed that she will remain in the job. Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has also kept his position.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) September 15, 2021
Earlier Wednesday, Dominic Raab was ousted as Foreign Secretary but confirmed as the Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will replace him in the role.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was also let go, along with Robert Jenrick, the Secretary of State for Housing, Community and Local Government, and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland. Amanda Milling, the co-chairman of the Conservative Party, is also out.
Nadhim Zahawi has taken over from Williamson and Michael Gove from Jenrick. Nadine Dorries has been appointed Culture Secretary.
Education and housing have been contentious issues for the government and Williamson caused significant embarrassment earlier this month when he mistook footballer Marcus Rashford for rugby player Maro Itoje.
Williamson wrote in a tweet: It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I’m particularly proud of the transformational reforms I’ve led in Post 16 education: in further education colleges, our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.
"This programme will create better life opportunities for pupils and students for many years to come. I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minster and the government."
Jenrick tweeted: It’s been a huge privilege to serve as Secretary of State @mhclg. Thank you to everyone at the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I’m deeply proud of all we achieved. I will continue to support the Prime Minister and the Government in every way I can."
And Buckland wrote: It has been an honour to serve in Government for the last 7 years, and as the Lord Chancellor for the last 2. I am deeply proud of everything I have achieved. On to the next adventure."
Johnson is said to be making the changes with the hopes of putting in place "a strong and united team to Build Back Better from the pandemic”.
Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, is among those tipped for a promotion, as is Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, reports suggested ahead of the reshuffle.
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