Boris Johnson is assembling Britain’s most right-wing government since the 1980s with a hardline new Cabinet on his first day in 10 Downing Street. More than half of Theresa May’s cabinet – 17 out of 30 – were either sacked or resigned in the new PM’s brutal reshuffle last night. Both Remainers and supporters of leadership rival Jeremy Hunt were shown the door as Johnson ruthlessly dumped enemies – including Mr Hunt himself who quit after refusing a demotion to Defence Secretary. Right-wing Tories Sajid Javid, Priti Patel and Dominic Raab were ushered in as Chancellor, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary respectively. Health Secretary Matt Hancock and DWP chief Amber Rudd kept their jobs after swallowing their pride – and principles – to offer some support for Mr Johnson. Hated Esther McVey becomes Housing Minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg leads the Commons and disgraced former Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson returned as Education Secretary despite having to resign over a national security leak (which he denied). It’s thought to be the biggest clearout of Government ministers in political history – one that takes us back to the ideology of Margaret Thatcher, rewards hard Leavers and tilts towards a No Deal Brexit or a… Read full this story
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