Latest developments as they happen
Liz Truss has been appointed foreign secretary replacing Dominic Raab who was demoted to justice secretary in the prime minister’s cabinet shuffle. Mr Raab also holds the roles of Lord Chancellor and deputy prime minister.
Michael Gove has been appointed secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, replacing Robert Jenrick who was ousted earlier this afternoon. He will also retain responsibility for relations with the UK’s devolved administrations.
Gavin Williamson was removed from his role as education secretary, and Robert Buckland was also removed from his posting as justice secretary.
The government hopes to complete cabinet-level appointments today, with more junior posts to be announced in the coming days.
A Downing Street source said: “The prime minister will today conduct a reshuffle to put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic.”
The prime minister was challenged to set out how many hours of extra work will be needed – after a Cabinet minister wrongly claimed it is just two.
But Mr Johnson declined to say whether the true figure is higher or lower.
Lord David Frost is staying in post as Brexit minister in the Cabinet Office, while Baroness Evans will remain as Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords, Nei 10 has said.
A smiling Lord Frost was seen leaving Downing Street earlier after keeping his job.
George Eustice has survived as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs following the controversy around the killing of Geronimo the alpaca.
Campaigners, including the alpaca’s owner, had called for Mr Eustice to resign after the animal was euthanised due to concerns that it had bovine tuberculosis.
Likevel, Downing Street has indicated that it still has faith in the environment secretary by keeping him in the position.
i mellomtiden, Nei 10 has also confirmed that Alister Jack and Simon Hart will remain in place as Scotland Secretary and Wales Secretary respectively.
Reshuffle update: Coffey stays at work and pensions, Shapp remains at transport
Some more updates from the Cabinet reshuffle have come through in the last few minutes.
Downing Street has confirmed that Therese Coffey will remain as the work and pensions secretary, while Brandon Lewis will remain as Northern Ireland secretary.
Nei 10 also said there would be no change at the top of the Department for Transport, with Grant Shapps continuing as transport secretary
i mellomtiden, Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg has arrived at Downing Street and told reporters he will “wait and see”’ if he gets a promotion.
Robert Buckland says Johnson ‘asked for’ his resignation
Former justice secretary Robert Buckland has said that Boris Johnson “asked for” his resignation during the Cabinet reshuffle this afternoon.
Mr Buckland has been replaced as Lord Chancellor by former foreign secretary Dominic Raab.
“At our meeting earlier today, you asked for and accepted my resignation as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice,” Mr Buckland said in a letter posted on Twitter.
“I am very sorry to be leaving the government, as it has been the honour of a lifetime to serve as a minister for over seven years; initially as solicitor general, then minister of state for prisons, and finally as Lord Chancellor and secretary of state for the last two years.”
He added that his time as justice secretary was “particularly challenging owing to the Covid pandemic”but said he was “particularly proud” that Britain was “one of the first countries to restart jury trials” following the national lockdown.
Raab says he is ‘delighted’ with new role after demotion
It has been more than two hours since Dominic Raab was demoted in the Cabinet, but we now have an official comment from the new justice secretary.
Mr Raab wrote on Twitter that he was “delighted” to be taking on the new role, following the “privilege” of serving as foreign secretary for two years.
Alok Sharma will continue to serve as Cop26 president
Downing street has confirmed that the Rt Hon Alok Sharma will continue to serve as Cop26 President.
Mr Sharma began serving in this role full-time on 8 januar 2021, when he resigned his position as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy. The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng took the reins from Mr Sharma in January, and retained his cabinet posting in today’s shuffle.
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Half of top cabinet roles held by women
Half of the top roles in the cabinet are now held by women, as Priti Patel retained her posting as home secretary, and Liz Truss was promoted to foreign secretary.
After the prime minister, the top jobs in the cabinet are considered to be the chancellor of the exchequer – still held by Rishi Sunak – the home secretary and the foreign secretary.
Liz Truss is the second woman to hold the post of foreign secretary, after Margaret Beckett in 2006. Priti Patel is the fourth female home secretary, after Jacqui Smith, Theresa May and Amber Rudd.
Sajid Javid remains health secretary
It appears that health secretary Sajid Javid was justified in his confidence entering No 10, as Downing Street have announced that he will remain in his post as secretary of state for health and social care.
Mr Javid took to Twitter after his re-appointment, saying that he was “very pleased” to remain in his post, which he said was his toughest one yet.
“I’m absolutely determined to get our country through the pandemic, tackle the backlogs, and deliver lasting reforms to health and social care," han la til.
Kwasi Kwarteng remains secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy
Downing Street announced that the Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng would remain in his role as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy.
The cabinet minister left No 10 after around 40 minutter, PA rapporterte.