Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick out as PM reshuffles Cabinet

Robert Jenrick has been fired from his position as Secretary of Housing as Boris Johnson surrounds his cabinet.

Mr Jenrick was the third minister to leave Wednesday afternoon shortly after Gavin Williamson and Robert Buckland left Education and Justice respectively.

The Prime Minister carried out a long-awaited rousing of his top team to create a “strong and united” cabinet in the wake of the turmoil of the coronavirus pandemic.

Announcing his departure on Twitter, Mr. Jenrick said, “It has been a great privilege to be Secretary of State at MHCLG. to serve [Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government].

“Thanks to everyone in the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I am deeply proud of everything we have achieved.

“I will continue to support the Prime Minister and the government in any way I can.”

His dismissal from Mr Johnson’s top team followed controversy, including illegally approving a Tory donor’s housing estate and his eyebrow-raised travel during the lockdown.

Mr. Jenrick had been in office since July 2019.

Confirmation that a reshuffle was being carried out came amid the Prime Minister’s questions in the House of Commons.

“The prime minister will be conducting a reshuffle today to assemble a strong and united team to better recover from the pandemic,” a # 10 source said.

“The Prime Minister will appoint ministers this afternoon, with the focus on uniting and leveling the whole country.”

Cabinet-level changes were expected to take place on Wednesday, but the rearmament of the younger ministries will continue on Thursday.

The prime minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson understands “the importance of a diverse cabinet” but does not guarantee that women’s representation at the table will be at least kept up to date after the reshuffle.

Former Downing Street advisor Dominic Cummings has called the shock a “Carrie reshuffle” and advised that Ms. Johnson’s allies will be rewarded.

But when asked if the Prime Minister’s wife had been consulted on the reshuffle, the spokesman for Number 10 said: “No.”

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