Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet: Who’s in and who’s out as Prime Minister reshuffles


ishi Sunak vowed to fix the “mistakes” of his predecessor’ administration as he entered No10 as Prime Minister.

The new Conservative leader began a comprehensive cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday afternoon, with several ministers who had been loyal to Liz Truss and Boris Johnson losing their Government jobs.

Jeremy Hunt, who replaced Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor amid economic turbulence, was expected to remain in his post as Chancellor.

Long-time backers Dominic Raab, the former justice secretary, Commons Treasury Committee chairman Mel Stride and ex-chief whip Mark Harper have also been tipped for jobs.

Mr Sunak braced the nation for “difficult decisions” ahead and warned the UK is facing a “profound economic crisis” in his first speech after being asked to form a Government by the King.

He criticised Ms Truss chaotic 50-day tenure, but vowed to unite his party and the country.

In words aimed at addressing the chaos and scandals of the Mr Johnson years and what followed under Ms Truss, he said:

“I know he would agree that the mandate my party earned in 2019 is not the sole property of any one individual. It is a mandate that belongs to and unites all of us.”

Mr Sunak is now building a new top team and is expected to select a cabinet with an eye on the task of uniting his fractious Tory party.

Here is who is in and out at as the new PM forms his Government:

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg, an old ally of Boris Johnson and Ms Truss who once branded Mr Sunak a “socialist”, was the first to concede he would not get a job in the new Cabinet as the new Prime Minister began a reshuffle. A source said the outgoing Business Secretary had resigned.
  • Brandon Lewis resigned as Justice Secretary. He said it had been “an honour to have been one of the longest serving Cabinet ministers – having done eight ministerial roles, in five departments, under four Prime Ministers.”
  • Kit Malthouse was dismissed from his post as Education Secretary
  • Wendy Morton was out as chief whip after a torrid few weeks that peaked with a Commons vote on fracking descending into farce the night before Ms Truss’s resignation
  • Jake Berry was out as Conservative Party Chairman. He said: “All good things must come to an end. I relish the opportunity to serve our great party and my constituents from the backbenches once again.”
  • Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland resigned saying it had “been an honour”. He added: “I am leaving the Government at my request but will be supporting Rishi Sunak from the backbenches.
  • Work and Pensions Secretary Chloe Smith was sacked by the new Prime Minister and said she would support his premiership from the back benches
  • Development minister Vicky Ford who attended cabinet under Liz Truss was also ousted from her job at the Foreign Office on Tuesday afternoon.

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