Cabinet reshuffle latest: Truss and Zahawi biggest winners on day of high Westminster drama, as Raab demoted

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Liz Truss has replaced Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary, while Nadhim Zahawi has been named Education Secretary in Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle today.

Mr Raab has been formally named Deputy Prime Minister, a role he previously held on a de facto basis, as well as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor. But he has lost his more senior role, following criticism for his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Ms Truss will keep her role as minister for women and equalities.

Meanwhile Gavin Williamson, Robert Jenrick, Amanda Milling and Robert Buckland have been sacked as ministers. Mr Williamson's departure was widely expected, and he gave a leaving speech to his department before the announcement was made.

Michael Gove has been made Housing and Communities Secretary, with additional responsibilities for levelling up. He retains his brief for the Union and elections.

Nadine Dorries has been made Culture Secretary, as Oliver Dowden becomes minister without portfolio and co-chairman of the Conservative Party.

​​Follow the latest updates below.

06:56 PM

Reshuffle: Prime Minister still meeting with his ministers to confirm roles

The Prime Minister is still meeting his ministers this evening in Downing Street to confirm their roles to them.

In the last hour:

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg has kept his job as Leader of the House of Commons and also continues as Lord President of the Council.

  • Simon Clarke has been appointed Chief Secretary to the Treasury and will attend Cabinet, Downing Street said. Mr Clarke had previously served as exchequer secretary in the department but resigned for personal reasons last year.

  • Kit Malthouse will remain a minister in the Home Office and Ministry of Justice and the ally of Boris Johnson will attend Cabinet.

  • Michelle Donelan kept her job as a minister in the Department for Education.

  • Suella Braverman remains Attorney General, having been reappointed to the role this week after her return from maternity leave.

06:53 PM

Prime Minister's Cabinet reshuffle represents 'big reset moment'

Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle represents a "big reset moment" as the Prime Minister looks to deliver on his manifesto pledges, according to our Deputy Political Editor Lucy Fisher.

Mr Johnson "is a man in a hurry" after devoting two years of his premiership to tackling Covid-19, she added.

06:41 PM

Cabinet reshuffle: Best minister reactions

Nadine Dorries walking to Downing Street, before she was made Culture Secretary  - JULIAN SIMMONDS
Nadine Dorries walking to Downing Street, before she was made Culture Secretary - JULIAN SIMMONDS
Dominic Raab beaming as he left No 10 after being demoted from foreign secretary to Justice Secretary - DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP
Dominic Raab beaming as he left No 10 after being demoted from foreign secretary to Justice Secretary - DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP
Britain's new Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi leaving 10 Downing Street - FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/Shutterstock
Britain's new Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi leaving 10 Downing Street - FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/Shutterstock

06:29 PM

Nadhim Zahawi promoted to Education Secretary after overseeing vaccine rollout

Nadhim Zahawi has been promoted to the role of Education Secretary after overseeing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout across the country.

Mr Zahawi is inheriting a series of challenges which Gavin Williamson faced when in charge at the Department for Education (DfE), including the Government's education recovery package for pupils amid the pandemic.

His promotion comes after the 54-year-old MP for Stratford-on-Avon was appointed to the new role of vaccines minister in November 2020, where he was responsible for the deployment of coronavirus jabs.

Nadhim Zahawi leaving 10 Downing Street, London, after being named as the new Education Secretary - Victoria Jones/PA
Nadhim Zahawi leaving 10 Downing Street, London, after being named as the new Education Secretary - Victoria Jones/PA

06:10 PM

Reshuffle: Lord Frost and Baroness Evans re-appointed

A smiling David Frost has left Downing Street after keeping his job as Minister of State at the Cabinet Office.

Minister of State Lord David Frost walks outside Downing Street in London - Hannah McKay/REUTERS
Minister of State Lord David Frost walks outside Downing Street in London - Hannah McKay/REUTERS

Baroness Evans also remains Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords.

Baroness Evans said she is "very pleased to be back" after keeping her job.

06:05 PM

Reshuffle: George Eustice remains in post as Environment Secretary

Environment Secretary George Eustice said there was "no change" as he left Number 10 this evening.

Mr Eustice laughed when asked if he was worried about Geronimo the alpaca seeking revenge from the grave.

05:45 PM

Reshuffle: Attorney General and Leader of the Commons arrive at Downing Street

Suella Braverman, the Attorney General, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Leader of the Commons, have arrived in Downing Street to speak to the Prime Minister.

Mr Rees-Mogg said he would "wait and see" if he will remain in post.

05:32 PM

Reshuffle: Welsh Secretary and Northern Ireland Secretary re-appointed

Simon Hart, the Wales Secretary, and Brandon Lewis, the Northern Ireland Secretary, will keep their jobs.

05:19 PM

Reshuffle: Boris Johnson clears up tail end of Cabinet shakeup

Grant Shapps on his way into Downing Street this afternoon - DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP
Grant Shapps on his way into Downing Street this afternoon - DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP

It seems we have had almost all the moves in this reshuffle, but Mr Johnson is meeting his ministers in Downing Street to confirm their roles to them.

In the last 20 minutes:

  • George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, and Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, have gone into Downing Street.

  • Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, and Alok Sharma, President of Cop26, have been confirmed as remaining in their jobs.

05:05 PM

Therese Coffey into No10

Therese Coffey, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has arrived at Downing Street. Upon entering Number 10, she said: "Looking forward to meeting with the Prime Minister."

Ms Coffey is seen by some as a gaffe-prone Cabinet minister, and is currently overseeing a Universal Credit cut of £20 per week to all claimants.

The cut is controversial: while this reshuffle is happening, Labour is debating the policy in Parliament.

04:55 PM

Reshuffle: Sajid Javid and Kwasi Kwarteng keep their jobs

No surprise that Sajid Javid has kept his job as Health Secretary: he's only been in the job since the end of June.

He and Kwasi Kwarteng, the Business Secretary, both keep their jobs in Mr Johnson's administration.

04:50 PM

Teaching union celebrate Williamson's sacking from DfE

Gavin' a bad day: Williamson sacked from Education brief -  Victoria Jones/PA
Gavin' a bad day: Williamson sacked from Education brief - Victoria Jones/PA

There has never been much love lost between Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, and the powerful teaching unions he has contended with during his tenure at the Department for Education.

Jo Grady, general secretary of the UCU, said: "From the mutant algorithm which attempted to hardwire inequalities into the exam system, to his negligent mismanagement of the pandemic leading to schools, universities and colleges becoming Covid incubators, Williamson's long list of failures is shocking."

She added: "Rather than responding to the challenges of a global pandemic, he led the charge in a completely pointless culture war against university staff and students. A culture war that was entirely fabricated and led to no positive change in the sector."

Kevin Courtney, joint general secretary of the National Education Union (NEU), said many parents and students "will never forgive" Mr Williamson for the fiasco around grading GCSEs and A-levels.

But Geoff Barton, head of the headteacher's union ASCL, said: "The missteps that have occurred during Mr Williamson's tenure are well known and it would be ungracious to rehearse them again now.

"For our part we have always sought to work with Mr Williamson constructively over the course of the pandemic and we thank him for his engagement with us."

04:39 PM

Reshuffle: Anne-Marie Trevelyan appointed Trade Secretary

Anne Marie Trevelyan, the new International Trade Secretary - Victoria Jones/PA
Anne Marie Trevelyan, the new International Trade Secretary - Victoria Jones/PA

Anne-Marie Trevelyan is the latest promotion from this reshuffle - taking the job of Trade Secretary from Liz Truss, who has become the Foreign Secretary.

Ms Trevelyan has sat at Cabinet before: she was previously the International Development Secretary but lost her job when her department was merged with the Foreign Office.

04:33 PM

Reshuffle: Stephen Barclay named Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury - REUTERS
Stephen Barclay, Chief Secretary to the Treasury - REUTERS

Stephen Barclay has been appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, replacing Michael Gove, who has been moved to the Housing Ministry.

Mr Barclay, a former Brexit Secretary, has served in the Treasury under Rishi Sunak since the last reshuffle.

04:21 PM

Reshuffle: Ben Wallace remains as Defence Secretary

Ben Wallace may have saved himself from demotion by his sure-footed handling of the Afghan withdrawal - AFP
Ben Wallace may have saved himself from demotion by his sure-footed handling of the Afghan withdrawal - AFP

Ben Wallace will stay in post as Defence Secretary, despite at one point having been deemed at risk.

Precisely why he has ducked demotion is not clear, but he has won plaudits for the way he handled the Afghan withdrawal - in contrast to Dominic Raab, who we have seen change jobs today.

04:11 PM

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04:08 PM

Reshuffle: Nadhim Zahawi gets Education Secretary

Nadhim Zahawi has replaced Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary - a move that The Telegraph reported would happen more than a month ago.

The vaccines minister had been widely tipped for a promotion.

03:59 PM

Reshuffle: Nadine Dorries leaves Downing Street as new Culture Secretary

03:53 PM

Labour's motion opposing Universal Credit cut passes 253-0 - but it's non-binding

While our focus has been on Downing Street, Labour's motion calling for the Government to cancel its planned cut to Universal Credit was supported by 253 votes to zero.

The motion is non-binding.

03:37 PM

Reshuffle: Oliver Dowden to party chairman, with Nadine Dories stepping into shoes

Oliver Dowden appears to be moving to CCHQ, where he will take the reins as party chairman, replacing Amanda Milling.

He is also being made a minister without portfolio at the Cabinet Office.

The Culture Secretary role he is vacated has been taken by Nadine Dorries.

03:31 PM

Reshuffle: 'Huge privilege' to remain as Home Secretary, says Priti Patel

Priti Patel has said it is "a huge privilege" to remain at the Home Office amid Boris Johnson's Cabinet reshuffle.

"A huge privilege to continue serving as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson," she tweeted.

"There is still so much more to do to deliver for the British people. Tackling illegal migration, cutting crime and continuing to keep our great country safe."

03:20 PM

Reshuffle: Nadine Dorries appears not to know why she has been called in

A long-time supporter of Boris Johnson, a former nurse and star of I'm a Celebrity, Ms Dorries appears to be up for a promotion.

But she appears not to know what.

03:18 PM

Reshuffle: Michael Gove keeps Union within portfolio

Michael Gove is keeping his Union brief, and will also be in charge of levelling up.

The newly-annointed Housing Secretary will be joined by his entire Union team as part of a 'machinery of government shake-up'.

03:15 PM

Reshuffle: Michael Gove takes Housing and Communities brief

03:11 PM

Reshuffle: Nadhim Zahawi enters Downing Street

Nadhim Zahawi: Widely tipped for a promotion - AFP
Nadhim Zahawi: Widely tipped for a promotion - AFP

Nadhim Zahawi, the vaccines minister, has entered Downing Street - and he is widely expected to be among those promoted today.

There was a lot of support for him to take on the Health Secretary role from Matt Hancock, however he stayed in the vital deployment role as the Government looked to boost uptake among young adults and teenagers over the summer.

He has held several junior ministerial roles, so today's could see him join the top table for the first time.

Other names who have gone in for meetings with Boris Johnson include Michale Gove, Oliver Dowden and Nadine Dorries - so there is still plenty of movement (and opportunity) to come.

02:56 PM

Reshuffle: Liz Truss promoted to Foreign Secretary

Liz Truss has been promoted to the role of Foreign Secretary, taking the reins from demoted Dominic Raab.

Having won plaudits for her role championing Global Britain as International Trade Secretary, Ms Truss takes one of the four great offices of state.

She also remains minister for women and equalities.

02:50 PM

Reshuffle: Culture Secretary swerves Cambridge speech when Downing Street calls

Oliver Dowden - who was meant to be giving a speech in Cambridge today - has just entered Downing Street.

The Culture Secretary has been tipped for promotion, and it would seem strange for him to remain in London for nothing.

02:46 PM

Reshuffle: Priti Patel remains as Home Secretary

Priti Patel's trip to Downing Street was less arduous than Dominic Raab - PA
Priti Patel's trip to Downing Street was less arduous than Dominic Raab - PA

Priti Patel has had one of the more straightforward visits to Downing Street today, with no change to her role as Home Secretary.

02:37 PM

Reshuffle: Amanda Milling sacked as party co-chair

02:36 PM

Reshuffle: Rishi Sunak remains as Chancellor

Rishi Sunak remains the PM's neighbour - WireImage
Rishi Sunak remains the PM's neighbour - WireImage

He was never seriously at risk - despite rumours of a rift - but Number 10 has now confirmed that Rishi Sunak will remain as Chancellor.

02:31 PM

Reshuffle reaches giddy jokes stage

Jokes about Boris Johnson using fire and rehire practices during today's reshuffle were almost guaranteed, given that protests are currently taking place to highlight the issue.

Labour MP Chris Bryant has risen to the challenge.

02:15 PM

It's official: Number 10 praises ousted ministers...

A spokesman said:

Robert Buckland has made a huge contribution to government as Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, including making our streets safer through significant reforms to sentencing and tackling reoffending. The Prime Minister is grateful for his hard work and dedication.

Robert Jenrick has led crucial work over the last two years, most importantly driving reforms to build more houses so home ownership becomes a reality for many more people. The Prime Minister is grateful for his drive and commitment.

Gavin Williamson has played a key role in transforming the skills agenda as we create a high wage and high skilled economy, providing a lifetime skills guarantee for millions across the country. The Prime Minister is grateful for his loyalty and service.

02:14 PM

Dominic Raab enters Number 10 - and he doesn't look happy

02:13 PM

Is there a Michael Gove-shaped hole at Housing?

Robert Jenrick's departure as Housing Secretary leaves a significant gap around the Cabinet table at a critical moment in the Government's planning reforms and levelling up agenda.

Sources suggest that it could be filled by Michael Gove, currently the Cabinet Office minister.

The move would not, on paper, appear to be a promotion - but it would certainly suit the minister who has grappled with reform to education, justice and the post-Brexit complications.

Steve Barclay, the former Brexit minister who has been chief secretary to the Treasury since DexEU was folded, is tipped to take on the Cabinet Office role - and with it the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

02:10 PM

Reshuffle: Dominic Raab has left the building

02:04 PM

Labour savages 'failing' Gavin Williamson's legacy

Labour might have lavished praise on Robert Buckland, as he steps down as justice secretary.

But no such warmth has been shown towards the former education secretary.

"Gavin Williamson has failed children and young people, their parents and our hard working education staff throughout one of the most testing periods in our history," says Kate Green, his Labour counterpart.

"Two years of exams chaos and staff abandoned, unsupported and demoralised. That is Gavin Williamson's legacy.

"The Prime Minister has allowed this to happen, keeping a failing Education Secretary in post for months and refusing to fight for children's futures."

01:56 PM

'Too decent to be in this Cabinet': Labour MPs praise Robert Buckland

Robert Buckland is drawing tribute for his time as Justice Secretary - and not just from Tories.

Labour MPs are linving up to praise the former Cabinet minister.

Harriet Harman thanked him "for the important changes you made on domestic violence & sex violence against women".

Jess Phillips said: "The pace and depth I could critique but no doubt Buckland cared and wanted to see changes that worked."

Sarah Jones added: "He's too decent to be in this Cabinet.

01:41 PM

Reshuffle: Promotions set to begin

Dominic Raab appears to still be wrangling over whatever deal the Prime Minister is offering him.

But my colleague, Tony Diver, is on the scene and says the promotions are about to begin.

01:31 PM

Breaking: Robert Jenrick, Communities Secretary, is out

01:26 PM

Could the reshuffle finally boost female representation in the Cabinet?

My sources are suggesting Cabinet roles for Kemi Badenoch and Tracey Crouch could be on the cards - Ben Riley-Smith, political editor of The Telegraph, is tipping Liz Truss and Priti Patel to stay, albeit moved into new roles.

Combined, we could see a big boost to female representation around that table.

And that's before we get to Victoria Atkins, the Home Office minister, who has been overlooked for promotion, despite being often tipped for big things.

01:06 PM

Confirmed: Robert Buckland is out as Justice Secretary

12:56 PM

A former Lib Dem leader writes...

12:48 PM

Breaking: Gavin Williamson out as Education Secretary

12:40 PM

Reshuffle: Robert Buckland spotted in the danger zone

Robert Buckland, the Justice Secretary, has just been spotted on the corridor where the Prime Minister’s office is located in Parliament.

Asked whether he was carrying a phone to be called by, Mr Buckland smiled and replied that he always carries his work phone with him.

Mr Buckland is potentially at risk for his resistance to the Internal Markets Bill, which the Government brought forward knowing it would break international law (although in a "specific and limited way").

12:37 PM

Reshuffle: Robert Jenrick and Dominic Raab in the spotlight

Rumours are reaching fever pitch.

Robert Jenrick, the Communities Secretary, has been called in to see the Prime Minister, sources have told The Telegraph.

Meanwhile, Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is said to have left his office "via the back office".

Mr Raab, who is de factor deputy prime minister and stood in for Mr Johnson last year, has come under intense pressure for his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

Dominic Raab has come under fire in recent weeks - Reuters
Dominic Raab has come under fire in recent weeks - Reuters

12:32 PM

Reshuffle rumours suggest Tory Party chair at risk - two weeks before conference

Amanda Milling is not felt to have made much of an impact during her time as party co-chairman - Anadolu Agency
Amanda Milling is not felt to have made much of an impact during her time as party co-chairman - Anadolu Agency

Amanda Milling, the co-chairman of the Conservative Party, is among those ministers said to be at risk from the reshuffle today.

Her demotion is widely expected, having received heavy criticism for her handling of the by-elections in Chesham & Amersham and Batley & Spen.

But Ms Milling's departure could be one of the more awkward for Downing Street this close to the party conference.

12:18 PM

Reshuffle: Special advisers 'helplessly await their fates' alongside ministers

For all the drama surrounding reshuffles, it is worth remembering that there are people who are feeling very anxious today - and don't have the benefit of an MPs' salary to fall back on in the worst case scenario.

Salma Shah, a former Spad, knows that feeling only too well.

12:07 PM

Dominic Cummings rebrands it the 'Carrie Reshuffle'

Never knowingly complimentary, Dominic Cummings has popped up to give a sideswipe to both Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary and former chancellor, and Boris Johnson's wife Carrie.

During the last reshuffle, back in those heady pre-pandemic days of February 2020, the former aide was instrumental in Mr Javid's shock departure from the Treasury, after the minister refused an ultimatum to sack his advisers.

11:44 AM

Reshuffle timed to avoid walk of shame?

If Boris Johnson begins demoting (or sacking) his ministers straight after PMQs, he may be able to save some blushes.

The Prime Minister's presence in the Commons could allow him to sack ministers in his private office, away from the cameras in Downing Street.

11:37 AM

Gavin Williamson 'has given leaving speech'

Gavin Williamson has given a leaving speech to colleagues at the Department for Education, HuffPost's Sophia Sleigh reports.

It remains to be seen whether he leaves Government and returns to the backbenches or - as many people expect - he is moved sideways.

11:34 AM

PMQs: Boris Johnson rejects call to scrap asymptomatic testing of chidren

Mark Harper, chairman of the Covid Recovery Group, raises his pet bug-bear - testing of asymptomatic children.

He asks Boris Johnson if he agrees it should end.

The Prime Minister says this view is "one of a number in the scientific community" but it is one route that will help keep schools open.

11:28 AM

PMQs: Boris Johnson ignores request for special visa to prevent 'rotting crops'

Returning to the Commons for the rest of PMQs, Sir Roger Gale notes that "all is not safely gathered in" from the harvest, with a local farm having to "trash" several hundred thousand pounds-worth of crops.

This is because of labour shortages, he says, and is resulting in "crops rotting in the fields and on our trees".

He calls for a Covid recovery visa so this year's crops aren't lost.

Boris Johnson says this has been a long-running problem but the seasonal workers scheme will ensure farms "get the labour they need".

11:23 AM

Reshuffle confirmed

Boris Johnson's reshuffle will begin shortly after PMQs has concluded, a No 10 source has confirmed.

"The PM will today conduct a reshuffle to put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic," the source said.

It will place a priority on "uniting and levelling up the whole country".

Which frontbenchers currently sitting alongside him are at risk?

Rishi Sunak is said to be safe - but the same can't be said of Priti Patel - PA
Rishi Sunak is said to be safe - but the same can't be said of Priti Patel - PA

11:14 AM

PMQs: Boris Johnson taunts Keir Starmer for 'panto season'

Boris Johnson highlights that one in 10 people are now on an NHS waiting list, which is why the backlog has to be fixed.

Labour "have got absolutely nothing to say," he adds.

Sir Keir Starmer says the UK's success is "built by working people but the tax system is loaded against them".

He and his MPs chant about the tax rises going "up, up, up" and says the Prime Minister has to "get real". He calls on Mr Johnson to vote against the cuts to Universal Credit.

But Mr Johnson says "panto season has come early" - provoking a wall of noise from his backbenchers. The Speaker intervenes to say "if it is, it is certainly behind you".

The Prime Minister turns the tables and says job vacancies are "up" and wages are "up" - to the delight of his own MPs.

11:11 AM

PMQs: Boris Johnson making 'political choices' that harm workers, claims Starmer

Boris Johnson says it is "utterly incredible" that Labour voted against "measures that would fix the NHS".

He claims the Tories are now the party of the NHS while the opposition "don't have a plan".

But Sir Keir Starmer says "an unfair tax rise, which won't fix social care and won't clear the backlog is not a plan".

Nurses, supermarket workers and teaching assistants are among those who stand to lose out from the changes, while the Prime Minister "wasted billions on crony contracts" while helping rich friends and donors.

"This is not making difficult decisions - these are political choices," he adds.

11:09 AM

PMQs: Boris Johnson defends plan for 'high wage' economy

Boris Johnson lists the many ways the Government is supporting people, including investing in skills, work coaches and other initiatives.

He repeats his line about "high wage, high skilled economy with low immigration" contrasting his position with Labour's.

Sir Keir Starmer says the Prime Minister hasn't answered a single question - saying this is because millions of families will be hit hard by the cut which he blames on "his broken tax system".

For every extra pound, more than 75p will be taken from these workers because of this system, the Labour leader says.

11:06 AM

PMQs: Starmer and Johnson clash over Universal Credit

Sir Keir Starmer asks if it is "higher or lower" than the answer given by Work and Pensions Secretary Therese Coffey - with delighted Labour MPs shouting "higher, higher".

Boris Johnson says the opposition wants to take taxes and put it into benefits, whereas the Conservatives want to "encourage high wages and high skills".

The Prime Minister says it is a good thing that Costa Coffee is paying five per cent more than before the pandemic, and says the chain would still be closed if was down to "Captain Hindsight".

Sir Keir retorts that it isn't a difficult question - and the answer is "much, much higher" - more than nine hours.

"How on earth" will they be able to work an extra day a week, he asks.

11:04 AM

PMQs: Boris Johnson dodges Universal Credit question

Boris Johnson kicks off PMQs by praising Emma Raducanu for her US Open win.

He raises a laugh around the chamber as he says he will have meetings with his ministers this afternoon.

Sir Keir Starmer offers his condolences to the Prime Minister, whose mother died this week, saying he knows first hand that losing a parent is never easy.

He then turns straight to questions, asking how long a single parent would have to work to make up for the £20 a week uplift that is being cut from Universal Credit.

Mr Johnson says it is "absurd" because Labour wants to abolish the benefit - prompting jeers from opposition MPs.

Sir Keir notes he doesn't answer the question.

10:56 AM

Watch again: Ruling out lockdowns 'irresponsible', says Sajid Javid

10:43 AM

Will Yes, Minister post come back to haunt Welsh Secretary?

Having breathed a sigh of relief when rumours of a reshuffle last week came to nought, Simon Hart tweeted a pointed clip of Yes, Minister.

The Welsh Secretary, who is among those rumoured to be at risk, has been quiet so far today.

10:31 AM

How do you solve a problem like Gavin-a?

He might be the minister most often criticised in the last two years, but Gavin Williamson is said to be relatively chipper about the looming reshuffle.

The Education Secretary is expected to change jobs, but not lose a seat at the Cabinet, a reward for his work on Boris Johnson's leadership campaign and unerring loyalty since.

But where should he go? Original plans for him to be moved to Commons Leader seem to have gone off the boil, as Jacob Rees-Mogg is said to be staying.

According to the Mirror's Rachel Wearmouth, he could be handed the Northern Ireland portfolio.

10:22 AM

Reshuffle today? Seven reasons why

10:21 AM

Reshuffle: The one safe job in Whitehall

Larry the Cat: Not being sacked today
Larry the Cat: Not being sacked today

Ministers come and ministers go, but mousers are for life.

10:17 AM

Could Tracey Crouch be making a return to the frontbench?

Tracey Crouch, the former sports minister, is among those rumoured to be making a return to the frontbench as a result of the imminent reshuffle.

The popular MP for Chatham and Aylesford resigned from Theresa May's Government. She backed Boris Johnson during his leadership campaign (having briefly supported Matt Hancock) and was offered a Cabinet role in his first reshuffle, but declined it.

Last summer she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but has completed her treatment and is now said to be a likely candidate for promotion.

And the rumoured job? Culture Secretary.

10:01 AM

Reshuffle: Who is at risk?

Priti Patel and Dominic Raab: Have the negative headlines been a case of No 10 'pitch-rolling' for their departure? - UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
Priti Patel and Dominic Raab: Have the negative headlines been a case of No 10 'pitch-rolling' for their departure? - UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

Prime ministers never like Cabinet reshuffles. They are messy and make far more enemies than friends.

Boris Johnson is said to be particularly nervous about this, as his loyal band of brothers (and sisters) is relatively small. But the reshuffle has been talked about for many months and is well overdue.

So who is at risk in the coming hours? Some names have been in the frame for a long time - Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, and George Eustice, the Environment Secretary among them.

More recently big hitters Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, have entered thespotlight - prompting some speculation that this is Number 10 "pitch-rolling" for their departures.

09:52 AM

Reshuffle: Won't someone think of the Tory Party Conference organisers?

Boris Johnson is long rumoured to have wanted to reshuffle his top team ahead of the Conservative Party Conference, at the start of next month.

But, as HuffPost's Paul Waugh points out, that puts organisers in a potentially sticky situation.

09:39 AM

Two-day reshuffle on the cards?

Sources have suggested the reshuffle could run into tomorrow, if it begins this afternoon as seems likely.

That's not hugely surprising - but it does suggest there will be some significant moves, even if it is mostly a case of a "reshuffle of portfolios" rather than a total shake-out.

This appears to chime with what ITV's Robert Peston has heard.

09:36 AM

Reshuffle 'train is in motion', sources suggest

Kemi Badenoch is said to be a likely candidate for promotion - Jeff Gilbert
Kemi Badenoch is said to be a likely candidate for promotion - Jeff Gilbert

Multiple sources throughout Westminster have told The Telegraph they expected the long-awaited reshuffle to begin after PMQs this afternoon.

One source suggested the train was already in motion and "had left the station".

The reshuffle is expected to begin with "the goodbyes", with Cabinet ministers including Gavin Williamson and George Eustice rumoured to be demoted.

Kem Badenoch, currently a junior Treasury minister, is among those tipped for promotion, with suggestions she could take on the brief from the beleaguered Education Secretary.

However sources suggested there will be few outright sackings from the risk-averse Prime Minister, who is said to be wary of making future enemies.

09:34 AM

Surge in hospital admissions could trigger return of Covid measures, Sajid Javid says

A "Plan B" for the return of coronavirus restrictions in Britain would be triggered if the rate of hospitalisations ticks up, Sajid Javid has said.

The Health Secretary warned that pressure on the NHS through increased hospitalisations would be the key factor in deciding to impose the measures, which include compulsory masks, vaccine passports and a new public health messaging campaign on the virus.

"A new, dangerous new variant, would be of course of huge significant concern, but there could be other issues," he told Sky News.

"So for example, what happens in the NHS is going to be hugely important to me, to the whole country - making sure that we don't get to a position again where the NHS becomes unsustainable.

"I think we're going to have to look at a number of measures which we already do, working closely with our friends of the NHS.

"So of course that would be the level of hospitalisation, it will be the pressures on A&E, the pressures on the workforce."

09:13 AM

Why is the reshuffle likely this week?

It's still unclear whether Boris Johnson will reshuffle his Cabinet today or tomorrow, but the sense is very much that it has to happen this week.

The reshuffle has long been expected ahead of the Party Conference, and recess begins next week - but the Prime Minister is expected to be in New York for most of that, at a UN meeting.

Here is what the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg says:

08:55 AM

Stop 'forcing' people into the office, says Government scientist

Boris Johnson might be able to reshuffle his top team - but there's not much he can do about Government scientists, even if they contradict the plan he has just set out.

Professor Stephen Reicher, a member of the Sage sub-group Spi-B, this morning said the fact that people "are given no choice" but to return to the office could backfire, and urged a rethink on official guidance.

Prof Reicher told Times Radio the rate of socialising had reached the highest point this year but most of this was because of "mixing at work".

"So the problem isn't that people are choosing to party all the time, the problem is people are given no choice because they are required to go back to work. The problem doesn't lie in public psychology, it lies in policy which forces people to do particular things."

He said it would "make sense for people to work at home if they can", and urged employers against presenteeism, forcing people to go in."

Measures should be brought in earlier rather than later to prevent a repeat of mistakes made last year, he added.

08:32 AM

Who could be set for a promotion?

Predicting the winners and losers from a reshuffle is something of a fool's errand - not least because things have a habit of changing on the day, when ministers refuse to accept new briefs.

But there are some names that seem destined for an upwards move - while others look likely to take a demotion.

Read more on that here.

08:26 AM

Reshuffle rumours reignite

Is the long-awaited reshuffle happening today?

Regular readers will know that we have been reporting for some time that a pre-conference reshuffle was in the works, and initially it seemed as though it would finally happen last week, although once the threat of a rebellion over the health and social care bill had been thwarted, those rumours died down.

But once again, Westminster is furiously whispering that it could be on the cards, with some suggesting the sackings could begin just after PMQs - and Government sources are not ruling it out.

But if it is happening today, Boris Johnson is keeping his cards close to his chest about who is up and who is down.

That won't stop some feverish speculation for the next few hours, however.

08:02 AM

Home Secretary 'running scared' after cancelling police conference speech

Priti Patel, pictured with Boris Johnson in July - REUTERS
Priti Patel, pictured with Boris Johnson in July - REUTERS

Priti Patel has been accused of “running scared” after cancelling an appearance at a major police conference amid the ongoing row over a pay freeze for officers.

The Home Secretary had been booked to deliver the keynote address at the annual Police Superintendents’ Association event in Stratford-upon-Avon, just weeks after rank and file officers passed a motion of no confidence in her.

However, less than an hour after receiving a copy of the president’s speech last Friday, which was highly critical of the Government, Ms Patel’s office said she would not be able to attend due to “urgent parliamentary business”.

Organisers offered to change the schedule in order to allow the Home Secretary to attend at any stage during the three-day conference, but were told it would not be possible.

One senior figure at the conference said: “This was the first opportunity since the announcement of the pay freeze that we would have had to put the Home Secretary on the spot. It feels like she is running scared and it has caused a lot of anger.”

07:54 AM

I'm sorry, says Isis bride Shamima Begum

Shamima Begum, who no longer wears a hijab, and has left Isis  - GMB/PA
Shamima Begum, who no longer wears a hijab, and has left Isis - GMB/PA

The Isis bride Shamima Begum has begged Britain for forgiveness and insisted she did not know the group was a "death cult," as she asked for her UK citizenship ban to be revoked.

Ms Begum, who left Britain in 2015 to join Isis, said she was manipulated and regretted her actions.

"No one can hate me more than I hate myself for what I've done, and all I can say is I'm sorry and just give me a second chance," she said.

Ms Begum said she was "pretty sure" that Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, would change his mind about her citizenship if the pair met face to face.

But Mr Javid, who as home secretary took the decision to revoke Shamima Begum's citizenship, said "it was absolutely the right decision to protect the British people".

He told Good Morning Britain: "The decision is both morally right, absolutely right, but also legally correct and the right one to protect the British people."

07:42 AM

Masks only needed with strangers, says Health Secretary

Relatively few Tory MPs have worn masks since legal restrictions were removed - PA
Relatively few Tory MPs have worn masks since legal restrictions were removed - PA

Conservative MPs do not have to wear masks in the House of Commons, despite pleas from the Speaker, because they know each other, Sajid Javid has said.

The Health Secretary said Tory MPs were not “strangers” and Government guidance says the public should only wear masks when they are “with people that they are not normally spending time with”.

Photographs of a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday show no ministers or officials wearing masks, prompting criticism and questions about the rules.

Asked about the meeting, and similar photographs of the Conservative back benches in Parliament, Mr Javid said:

“That is perfectly consistent with what the Prime Minister said yesterday, and what I said yesterday, because what we said was that people should consider wearing masks in crowded places, when they are with strangers, when they are with people that they are not normally spending time with.”

Pressed on whether Conservative MPs would be wearing masks on Wednesday during Prime Minister’s Questions, he said: “They're not strangers.

“Conservative backbenchers, whether they are in Parliament in the Chamber, or the other meeting rooms...you have to take measures that are appropriate for the prevalence of COVID at the time.”

07:26 AM

China may sanction UK over Parliament ban

A former Chinese diplomat has warned the country could retaliate over a decision to ban the country's ambassador from Parliament.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, and his counterpart in the House of Lords yesterday decided to ban Zheng Zeguang from Parliament because his country has sanctioned British MPs.

A planned meeting between pro-China MPs and Mr Zeguang has been postponed, in what the Chinese embassy called a “despicable and cowardly” decision.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Victor Gao, a former Chinese diplomat, said:

"This is to be condemned vehemently by the Chinese government.

"The Chinese embassy in London has already issued a letter condemning such a decision and I personally would call for a correction of this decision, otherwise there will be consequences.

"People should not be surprised that if this decision stands, then the Great Hall of the People, the Chinese equivalent of the Parliament in building in London, may make a decision to ban the the UK ambassador from the UK to China from setting foot on the premises of the Great Hall of the People."

07:17 AM

Good morning

It's set to be a busy day in Westminster today, with plenty of debate about the reveal of the "Plan B" for Covid yesterday.

Boris Johnson will face his backbenchers and Sir Keir Starmer in Prime Minister's Questions at midday, when they are likely to grill him on the admission that vaccine passports could be introduced in Britain and that masks could be made compulsory.

Today is an opposition day, which means Labour can choose some debates to be voted on by MPs. They have selected a motion on the Universal Credit uplift, as they argue that a £20 rise over the pandemic should be sustained beyond October. The vote will not be binding on the Government but may tempt some Tory rebels to vote against the PM.

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