Boris Johnson has started his long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle.
The Prime Minister plans to put in place a “strong and united” Cabinet following the tubulence caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
A Downing Street source said: “The PM will be appointing ministers this afternoon with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country.”
Gavin Williamson has been sacked as Education Secretary, a position he has held since 2019.
Mr Williamson has faced regular criticism of his handling of how children would receive an education through the pandemic, which saw schools closed and the 2020 fiasco in the awarding of A-level and GCSE grades.
Robert Buckland has lost his position as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, positions he has held for seven years.
After being sacked, he said it is “on to the next adventure”.
Robert Jenrick has been sacked as Housing Secretary. Mr Jenrick said it had been a “huge privilege” to serve in the government, saying he will “continue to support the Prime Minister and the Government in every way I can”.
His sacking followed his department’s unlawful approval of Tory donor Richard Desmond’s housing development in east London, as well as the ongoing cladding scandal, Grenfell inquiry, and government’s attempts to have 300,000 new homes built a year.
Amanda Milling loses her position as Conservative Party chair. The sacking comes weeks ahead of the Tory conference in October.
Dominic Raab has become Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary after being moved from Foreign Secretary.
The demotion is believed to be the result of a lengthy meeting between Mr Raab and Mr Johnson over his handling of the evacuation of British citizens and Afghan allies from Afghanistan last month.
Mr Raab has been succeeded by Liz Truss, who has been promoted from International Trade Secretary to Foreign Secretary.
Nadhim Zahawi has become Education Secretary after previously being the Vaccines Minister. Mr Zahawi is likely being rewarded with a promotion after the UK’s successful Covid vaccine rollout.
Sacked Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has been replaced by Michael Gove.
Mr Gove – who was previously the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – will also be responsible for the Government’s levelling-up agenda and have responsibilities for strengthening the Union.
Oliver Dowden has been demoted to Minister without Portfolio and replaced as Culture Secretary by Nadine Dorries.
Ms Dorries, who previously appeared on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, is an outspoken Brexiteer, BBC critic and ardent supporter of the prime minister.
Priti Patel remains in her position has Home Secretary, Rishi Sunak stays as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Ben Wallace is still Defence Secretary.