Dominic Raab and Gavin Williamson were the main victims of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first major reshuffle of his senior ministerial team on Wednesday.
Raab was demoted from foreign secretary to justice secretary, while the embattled Williamson, who has been widely criticised for his handling of school reopening and exams during the pandemic, was sacked as education minister.
Liz Truss, who has sought to accelerate the pace of the UK using its new status to strike third-country trade deals, replaces Raab at the Foreign Office.
Elsewhere, former Brexit campaign leader Michael Gove becomes housing and local government minister.
In a statement, Johnson’s office said that the moves were designed to “put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic”.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Health Secretary Sajid Javid. and Home Secretary Priti Patel all remained in their posts.
However, the changes do not mark a major ideological shift in the government, which is still dominated by right-wing Brexit supporters.
(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)