Education Secretary Gavin Williamson was the first to lose his job when Boris Johnson ranged his cabinet on Wednesday afternoon.
Boris Johnson is reshuffling cabinet to appoint a “strong and united” team
Mr. Williamson tweeted, “It has been a privilege to serve as Secretary of Education since 2019.
“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am particularly proud of the transformative reforms I have made in post-16 education: in continuing education colleges, our skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.
“This program will provide high school and college students with better life chances for years to come. I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister and the government. “
In Westminster, it has long been expected that the Prime Minister’s top team will be shaken up.
Mr Williamson had been criticized for handling his departmental duties during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the Prime Minister’s questions, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Ms. Patel sat to Mr Johnson’s left and House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg to his right – with other heavyweights in the cabinet who were not in the Chamber.
Cabinet-level changes are expected to take place on Wednesday, but the rearmament of the younger ministries will continue on Thursday.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said Boris Johnson “understood the importance of a diverse cabinet” but did not guarantee that women’s representation at the table would at least be kept up to date after the reshuffle.
Former advisor to Mr. Johnson Dominic Cummings has called the shock a “Carrie reshuffle,” advising that Mrs. Johnson’s allies would be rewarded.
But when asked if the Prime Minister’s wife had been consulted on the reshuffle, the Downing Street official said, “No.”
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