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Gavin Williamson has lost his job as education secretary, as Boris Johnson reshuffles his cabinet.
In a tweet on early Wednesday afternoon, Williamson said it had been a “privilege” to hold the job.
It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I’m particularly proud of the transformational reforms I’ve led in Post 16 education: in further education colleges, our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.
— Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) September 15, 2021
A No.10 source said the reshuffle would “put in place a strong and united team to Build Back Better from the pandemic”.
“The PM will be appointing ministers this afternoon with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country,” they added.
Robert Buckland has also been sacked as justice secretary and will return to the backbenches.
It has been an honour to serve in Government for the last 7 years, and as the Lord Chancellor for the last 2.
I am deeply proud of everything I have achieved. On to the next adventure
— Robert Buckland (@RobertBuckland) September 15, 2021
Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary and first secretary of state, is expected to be leaving his post.
Liz Truss, the international trade secretary, is tipped for a promotion, as is Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove.
The prime minister’s spokesperson said Johnson “understood the importance of having a diverse cabinet” but would not guarantee that female representation around the table would be maintained at least at its current level.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.