Cabinet reshuffle: Mixed day for Norfolk and Suffolk MPs

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

Javid chose to quit instead, and was replaced by his former deputy at the Treasury, Rishi Sunak, in the biggest shock of Johnson's shake-up of his ministerial team.

"I don't believe any self-respecting minister would accept such conditions and so, therefore, I felt the best thing to do was to go".

- Theresa Villiers lost her job as environment secretary.

This is now being replaced with an integrated Number 10-Treasury team of advisers at the top of that structure.

Sajid Javid has resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer after an apparent fallout with Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings.

Julian Smith has also been dismissed as the Secretary for Northern Ireland.

Mr Wilson added: "This is a blatant power grab by Boris (Johnson) and (Dominic) Cummings over the Treasury - and it comes barely a month ahead of the first post-election Budget".

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, also sacked, said that as he returns to the backbenches, he will continue to support the prime minister.

More on the reshuffle that saw Sajid Javid resign as chancellor on Thursday.

He used Thursday's reshuffle to announce Alok Sharma as his new business and energy minister, with a new responsibility for running the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow in November.

- Esther McVey lost her job as housing minister.

Gavin Williamson remains in his post as Education Secretary.

Newcomers at the cabinet meeting on Friday will include Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who replaces Alok Sharma as worldwide development secretary; Amanda Milling, who is minister without portfolio and chairwoman of the Conservative Party; and Suella Braverman, who takes on the role of attorney general after the prime minister asked Mr Cox to step down.

One person, ostensibly agreeing with Blackford's assessment, sarcastically tweeted: "Confirmed: Dominic Cummings has retained his position as Prime Minister".

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Mr Smith was "one of Britain's finest politicians of our time".

But allies of the axed minister said it was "absolute crap" to suggest that Mr Johnson and Number 10 had not been kept informed of the process and details of the deal.

Transport minister Nusrat Ghani said it had been a huge privilege to serve her role, though it is unclear if she was sacked or not.

"What the Prime Minister giveth, the Prime Minister taketh away: just over six months ago, I was delighted to be invited by the Prime Minister to return to government after three years on the backbenches".

"This morning he told me that I need to make way for someone new".

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