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Boris Johnson kicked off a long-awaited reshuffle of his top team on Wednesday by firing his education, justice and housing secretaries.
Cabinet-level changes are expected to continue throughout the day, with further ministerial posts filled Thursday. No. 10 said the reshuffle — only the second since Johnson’s election victory in 2019 — would have “a focus on uniting and leveling up the whole country.”
It comes as Whitehall departments continue to thrash out three-year spending settlements with the Treasury ahead of a review and budget unveiled October 27.
The changes so far
- Gavin Williamson — who attracted criticism over a botched grading of exam results and was previously removed from Theresa May’s Cabinet in a security row — has been sacked as education secretary.
- Robert Buckland — in post since 2019 and a minister for the past seven years — has been sacked as justice secretary.
- Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick has been sacked.