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STORM LIZ: Truss fires Raab, Barclay and Shapps from Government

LIZ Truss has her axe out and has fired Dominic Raab from the Cabinet as the deputy prime minister became the first causality of Liz Truss’s reshuffle after she entered No 10.

Grant Shapps and Steve Barclay, two other secretaries of state who backed Tory leadership rival Rishi Sunak, were also quickly despatched to the backbenches by the new Prime Minister.

Ms Truss’s shake-up began promptly after she headed to her House of Commons office after delivering her first speech in Downing Street on Tuesday.

Mr Raab, who was justice secretary as well as second in command to Boris Johnson, had not expected to continue his run in Government, having described Ms Truss’s tax plans as an “electoral suicide note”.

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The MP for Esher and Walton announced he would be supporting the Government from the backbenches.

“Thanks to the brilliant MoJ (Ministry of Justice) team for all their hard work over the last year.

“Good luck to the new PM and her team,” Mr Raab tweeted.

“I look forward to supporting the Government from the backbenches.”

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Mr Shapps also tweeted his own exit as Transport Secretary but did not make the same remarks of support for the new Tory leader.

“It has been a privilege to serve as Transport Secretary; a job I loved,” he said.

“Now I look forward to being a strong, independent voice on the backbenches, developing policies that will further the Conservative cause and the interests of my constituents in Welwyn Hatfield.”

Mr Barclay, the MP for North East Cambridgeshire who had been health secretary for Mr Johnson’s final months in office, tweeted: “Thanks to all colleagues, both political & civil service, for their fantastic support. Wishing @trussliz & her ministerial team every success for the future.”

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