UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reshuffling his cabinet, removing his secretaries for foreign affairs, education, housing and justice.
Former foreign secretary Dominic Raab has been appointed as the new Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister, Downing Street confirmed Wednesday. He will be replaced by Liz Truss, MP for South West Norfolk, the government said.
Education secretary out
Former education secretary Gavin Williamson was the first to go. He confirmed his departure on social media and said it had been a privilege to serve as education secretary since 2019.
"Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I'm particularly proud of the transformational reforms I've led in post-16 education: in further education colleges, our skills agenda, apprenticeships and more," he tweeted.
He also said that he would "look forward to continue to support the prime minister and the government".
Williamson has faced heavy criticism of his handling of the education brief during the Covid-19 crisis, including over the shutting of schools and exam procedures.
Housing secretary leaves
Former housing secretary Robert Jenrick also confirmed on social media that he lost his job.
"It’s been a huge privilege to serve as Secretary of State. Thank you to everyone at the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I’m deeply proud of all we achieved. I will continue to support the Prime Minister and the Government in every way I can," he said on Twitter.
Justice secretary “deeply proud”
Robert Buckland also shared news of his departure on Twitter and said he was looking to "the next adventure" and was "deeply proud” of everything he had achieved in his role as justice secretary.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed that Rishi Sunak will remain as Chancellor.