Jul 24, 2019

    Here Are All The People Who Are In And Out Of Boris Johnson's New Government

    Sajid Javid has been made chancellor, Dominic Raab is foreign secretary and Priti Patel has been given home secretary as the new PM appoints radical Brexit believers to the top jobs. Read every appointment and sacking, as they happen.

    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    Incoming prime minister Boris Johnson.

    Boris Johnson spent his first day as prime minister appointing a host of Brexit true believers to the top of his new cabinet, as an astonishing 18 ministers left the government in one of the most radical reshuffles in British political history.

    The new PM made Sajid Javid his chancellor as he forged a team that he believes can defeat Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party in a general election — a contest that looks increasingly likely either in the autumn or next spring.

    Brexiteer Dominic Raab, who was one of Johnson's rivals in the battle for the Tory leadership, was made foreign secretary and first secretary of state, essentially becoming the de facto deputy prime minister.

    In a move that will cause major controversy among Tory moderates, hardliner Priti Patel was given the job of home secretary despite being sacked in disgrace by Theresa May in 2017.

    Javid and Patel's appointments mean that for the first time ever, two of the four great offices of state are held by BAME people.

    Gavin Williamson secured an extraordinary return to the cabinet, taking the role of education secretary just two months after being sacked over the Huawei leak. Arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg also joined the cabinet as Commons leader.

    One of the most significant appointments came much earlier in the day when former Vote Leave campaign chief Dominic Cummings was hired as a Downing Street adviser, a sign of Johnson's determination to take a radical approach to shaking up Whitehall and delivering Brexit.

    Several other former Vote Leave staffers will follow him into Number 10 as the team that won the referendum seeks to "get the band back together".

    In just a few hours the new cabinet installed by Johnson was unrecognisable from the one left behind by Theresa May.

    Jeremy Hunt, the runner-up in the Tory leadership race, dramatically left the government altogether after declining Johnson's offer to move him to the Ministry of Defence.

    Leave campaigners Penny Mordaunt and Liam Fox were unceremoniously sacked from their jobs at defence and international trade after they both backed Hunt for leader.

    Philip Hammond, David Lidington, David Gauke and Rory Stewart all quit before they could be fired.

    The ruthless cabinet cull sparked comparisons with Harold Macmillan's "Night of the Long Knives" back in 1962, when the then Tory PM dismissed seven ministers.

    Tory MPs wondered on Wednesday night if Johnson was going for broke for an election this year, noting that with a majority of just three he can hardly afford to make new enemies.

    BuzzFeed News is keeping a rolling list of the appointments as they are confirmed. We will be updating this post throughout — check back here to see who will make up the next UK government, and who is losing their job.

    Chancellor: Sajid Javid

    Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

    Johnson's first major appointment was to promote Sajid Javid to chancellor. Home secretary under May, Javid endorsed Johnson for PM after he was knocked out of the Tory leadership race. He voted Remain in the referendum but has recently expressed his willingness for the UK to leave the EU without a deal.

    Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State: Dominic Raab

    Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

    Johnson has appointed his Brexiteer rival for the leadership Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary, also giving him the key role of First Secretary of State, making him the de facto Deputy Prime Minister. It means Raab – the former Brexit Secretary – will play a critical role in determining the UK's Brexit strategy and the running of Johnson's government.

    Home secretary: Priti Patel

    Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

    In what will be a controversial appointment, Johnson has made Priti Patel – who was sacked from the cabinet in disgrace by Theresa May over unauthorised meetings with Israeli officials while on holiday – his new Home secretary. A hardline Brexiteer, Patel infamously once said she supported the death penalty, but has since said she has changed her mind. Brandon Lewis will be a minister of state at the Home Office and also attend cabinet.

    Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Michael Gove

    Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

    Johnson has handed the role previously occupied by David Lidington to his old nemesis Michael Gove. It marks a calming of the psychodrama between the pair since Gove knifed Johnson during the Tory leadership contest in 2016. Gove will not be Johnson's de facto Deputy PM – that role goes to Raab. Instead he will be taking charge of no deal preparations. Oliver Dowden will be a minister of state at the Cabinet Office and attend cabinet.

    Defence secretary: Ben Wallace

    Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

    A former Scots Guards captain and long-standing ally of Johnson, Ben Wallace was security minister at the Home Office before being handed this major promotion.

    Health secretary: Matt Hancock

    Leon Neal / Getty Images

    Hancock had been angling for a key cabinet job as either chancellor, foreign secretary or deputy PM following his energetic efforts to campaign for Johnson during the leadership race. In a disappointment for Hancock, he has been kept at health, though he should get the consolation of holding Johnson to his promise of £350 million a week for the NHS.

    Education secretary: Gavin Williamson

    Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

    A remarkable return to the cabinet for Williamson, who was sacked two months ago over the Huawei leak – which he denied. He gets the Education job, which Johnson has said will be a key policy focus of his government.

    International trade secretary: Liz Truss

    Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

    Truss, a key early Johnson backer, had wanted the job of Business secretary but has had to settle for Liam Fox's old job at the Department for International Trade.

    Brexit secretary: Steve Barclay

    Francois Walschaerts / AFP / Getty Images

    In a rare moment of stability, Johnson reappointed the incumbent Brexit secretary Steve Barclay to the same job.

    Business secretary: Andrea Leadsom

    Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

    Another return to cabinet for a prominent Brexiteer. Leadsom is rewarded with a key role at BEIS, which was previously held by Remain-voting Greg Clark, one of the previous cabinet's strongest opponents of a no-deal Brexit. Jo Johnson, the PM's brother, will be a minister of state at the department and at the DfE, attending cabinet despite resigning from May's government in protest at Brexit. Kwasi Kwarteng will also be a cabinet-attending minister of state at BEIS.

    Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Rishi Sunak

    Parliament.uk

    Brexiteer rising star Rishi Sunak will be Sajid Javid's deputy at the Treasury.

    Housing secretary: Robert Jenrick

    Chris J Ratcliffe / Getty Images

    A Remain voter at the referendum, Johnson secured something of a coup by winning Jenrick's endorsement in the leadership contest. Jenrick is rewarded with the Housing job, which will be handed a huge cash boost by the new PM. Esther McVey and Jake Berry will be ministers of state at the department and also attend cabinet.

    Work and Pensions secretary: Amber Rudd

    Leon Neal / Getty Images

    A Remain voter who recently u-turned and backed keeping no-deal on the table, Rudd keeps her job at DWP. The only big Hunt backer to survive the cabinet cull.

    Transport secretary: Grant Shapps

    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    Another return to cabinet: Grant Shapps is back in after four years on the backbenches. Transport is set to receive a large amount of new funding under Johnson's premiership as he seeks to build infrastructure across the UK.

    Justice secretary: Robert Buckland

    Parliament.uk

    Buckland campaigned hard to remain in the EU, but has since become a supporter of Johnson's leadership campaign. A former solicitor general and barrister, he is promoted to the Ministry of Justice.

    Culture secretary: Nicky Morgan

    Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

    A Remain voter who angered colleagues on her side of the Brexit debate by working with Leavers on the so-called "Malthouse Compromise".

    Environment secretary: Theresa Villiers

    Isabel Infantes / AFP / Getty Images

    A return to cabinet for another Vote Leave campaigner. Villiers is an ardent Brexiteer in a role that is vital in terms of preparations for no deal.

    International Development secretary: Alok Sharma

    Parliament.uk

    A promotion to the cabinet for Theresa May's employment minister.

    Northern Ireland secretary: Julian Smith

    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    May's chief whip becomes Johnson's Northern Ireland secretary. A close ally of the DUP, which will be vital for the new government over the next few months.

    Scotland secretary: Alister Jack

    Parliament.uk

    Replaces David Mundell.

    Welsh secretary: Alun Cairns

    Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

    Stays in his post.

    Attorney General: Geoffrey Cox.

    Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images

    Also stays.

    Chief whip: Mark Spencer

    Solent News

    The PM's new enforcer is pictured above left showcasing his ability at marshalling the troops. The man who may have the unenviable task of trying to get a new Brexit deal through Parliament is so little known that he managed to nip in and out of Johnson's campaign HQ this week without journalists realising he was in line for a big job.

    Leader of the House of Commons: Jacob Rees-Mogg

    Leon Neal / Getty Images

    The ERG chairman and arch-Brexiteer rises to the cabinet. We can look forward to his showdown with Speaker John Bercow as Brexit comes to a crunch in Parliament in October.

    Leader of the House of Lords: Natalie Evans

    Niklas Halle'n / AFP / Getty Images

    Stays in post.

    Tory party chairman: James Cleverly

    Leon Neal / Getty Images

    Cleverly worked with Johnson at City Hall and is another Brexit believer. He replaces Brandon Lewis at Tory headquarters.

    Number 10 adviser: Dominic Cummings

    Getty

    The controversial former Vote Leave campaign chief will take a key role in the running of Number 10 and will be tasked with shaking up Whitehall. His appointment sent ripples of excitement through Westminster — Cummings is infamous for his combative style and radical approach. Given what he's previously said about Tory MPs, it may prove a brave choice...

    No10 adviser: David Frost

    A former career diplomat and special adviser to Johnson at the foreign office, Frost has been poached from his position as CEO at the London Chambers of Commerce, who said in a statement that "he will be a key asset to the UK in the next stage of the Brexit negotiations". Frost will advise the new PM on Europe.

    Head of policy: Munira Mirza

    A close ally of Johnson from his days in City Hall, Mirza will run his policy programme in Downing Street. She will be assisted by Jean-Andre Prager, who worked in the policy unit under May.

    Director of legislative affairs: Nikki da Costa

    Da Costa quit Theresa May's Number 10 team last year following differences over her plan for leaving the EU. She went on to become a Twitter must-follow as she explained Brexit to confused political journalists. Good luck to reporters when they find out she's deleted her Twitter account and is now back in Downing Street.

    Business adviser: Andrew Griffith

    Sky's outgoing chief operating officer let Johnson use his £9 million Westminster townhouse to plot his leadership campaign. The new PM has rewarded him with a job in Number 10. "The public would be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that Johnson’s friends can buy influence within the new administration," Labour's Jon Trickett said.

    Press secretary: Robert Oxley

    One of the principal press officers on the Vote Leave campaign, Oxley has quit his job at Deliveroo to spin for Johnson. A Tory comms veteran, he used to work as an adviser to Priti Patel and Michael Fallon.

    Deputy press secretary: Lucia Hodgson

    A former speechwriter, Hodgson was a special adviser to Andrea Leadsom and is another key Brexiteer appointment. She will deputise for Oxley on Johnson's spin team.

    No10 adviser: Sheridan Westlake

    Nicknamed “Super spad”, Westlake, a veteran of the May and Cameron governments, is staying put in his Downing Street role. Probably one of very few May aides to keep their jobs.

    Head of grid: Meg Powell-Chandler

    A former adviser to David Cameron and Damian Hinds. She will be in charge of the government's "grid", its communications planning schedule — a crucial role in the organisation of the government.

    Digital adviser: Chloe Westley

    Formerly of the Taxpayers' Alliance and the Vote Leave campaign, you may recognise Westley as a prominent pro-Brexit talking head on your TV screens over the last year.

    And the 18 ministers leaving the cabinet...

    Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

    Brexiteer Defence secretary Penny Mordaunt is a surprise departure from the government:

    I’m heading to the backbenches from where the PM will have my full support, as will my successors at @DefenceHQ & @WomenEqualities Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get things done, especially our Armed Forces and civilians in defence for the last 85 days. We achieved much🇬🇧

    Stefan Rousseau / AFP / Getty Images

    Jeremy Hunt is out as Foreign secretary. He said he was offered another job by Johnson – Defence secretary – but declined and will go to the backbenches.

    International trade secretary Liam Fox, another Brexiteer, was sacked after being told by Johnson that there was no space for him in his cabinet.

    Transport secretary Chris Grayling has resigned. A source close to Grayling said that when he backed Johnson for PM he privately said he wouldn't want to continue.

    Business secretary Greg Clark, Education secretary Damian Hinds and Housing secretary James Brokenshire are also out, as are Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley and Scotland secretary David Mundell, Commons leader Mel Stride and Culture secretary Jeremy Wright.

    Energy minister Claire Perry quit, while Immigration minister Caroline Nokes was sacked and had the news broken to her on Twitter:

    @johnestevens Good of you to tell me first 😉

    Chancellor Philip Hammond, Cabinet Office minister David Lidington, Justice secretary David Gauke and International Development secretary Rory Stewart all resigned when Theresa May stepped down as prime minister on Wednesday afternoon.

    Alex Wickham is a senior reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

    Contact Alex Wickham at alex.wickham@buzzfeed.com.

    Got a confidential tip? Submit it here

    News moves fast. Keep up with the BuzzFeed News daily email!

    Newsletter signup form