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RESHUFFLE: Liz Truss New Foreign Secretary as Gavin Williamson Sacked and Raab Demoted

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LIZ Truss has been handed a promotion by Boris Johnson in one of the great offices of state as Foreign Secretary after the Prime Minister dramatically reshaped his top team that saw two big hitters chucked out of the Government. 

Dominic Raab was demoted from the Foreign Office following his handling of the Afghanistan crisis and Gavin Williamson was sacked from Education. 

Raab was handed the position of Justice Secretary and was handed the title of Deputy Prime Minister, but insiders say this was done to sweeten him up, and he has moved down the Government hierarchy.

Two of the great offices of state are now held by women after Truss was promoted during Wednesday’s reshuffle with popular Home Secretary Priti Patel keeping her role despite speculation she would be sacked.

The Prime Minister sacked Gavin Williamson, Robert Jenrick and Robert Buckland.

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Mr Williamson’s ousting after extensive criticism over his handling of the coronavirus crisis in schools paved the way for former Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi to be promoted to Education Secretary. 

Micheal Gove succeed Mr Jenrick as Housing Secretary and handed the former backstabber a key position in the post-coronavirus world by handing him responsibility for “levelling up” while maintaining his role trying to ward off Scottish independence.

Oliver Dowden moved from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and will replace Amanda Milling as co-chairman of the Tory Party, as well as holding the title Minister without Portfolio.

Nadine Dorries, a best-selling author and former star of ITV’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, was handed the job of Culture Secretary.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan was promoted to replace Ms Truss as International Trade Secretary and Steve Barclay succeeded Mr Gove as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister for the Cabinet Office.

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In a tweet following the reshuffle, the Prime Minister said: “The Cabinet I have appointed today will work tirelessly to unite and level up the whole country.”

RAAB DEMOTION 

Mr Raab’s demotion comes after he was heavily criticised for being on holiday as the Taliban swept across Afghanistan.

The title Deputy Prime Minister formalises a role he performed as the first secretary of state when he stood in for Mr Johnson while the Prime Minister was rushed to hospital with coronavirus.

Mr Raab said he was “delighted” with his new roles following lengthy talks with Mr Johnson in the Prime Minister’s Commons office. 

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The Prime Minister was carrying out a long-awaited shake-up of his top team with plans to put in place a “strong and united” Cabinet following the turbulence of the pandemic.

Mr Williamson was one of the ministers deemed most at risk of being told to return to the backbenches, particularly due to his handling of the exams fiasco during the Covid-19 crisis.

He announced his exit by saying “it has been a privilege to serve as education secretary since 2019”, adding that he will continue to support the Prime Minister and the Government.

After receiving the axe, Mr Jenrick pledged to continue supporting the Prime Minister “in every way I can”.

“I’m deeply proud of all we achieved,” he said, thanking his colleagues at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

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Additional Reporting by PA Media 

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