Johnson’s top team: Who’s in new-look cabinet and who’s out

Boris Johnson has started to pick his top team after moving into Number 10 as Britain’s new prime minister.

He is expected to pick the top jobs first – chancellor, home secretary, foreign secretary and defence secretary.

Here are the confirmed names in his first cabinet – and those who will be returning to the backbenches.

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:: Foreign secretary

Jeremy Hunt, Mr Johnson’s opponent in the final ballot of Tory members, is leaving his role.

Mr Hunt said he was “kindly” offered another job by the new PM, but felt “now is the time” to return to the backbenches, from where Mr Johnson “will have my full support”.

“I’ve been a cabinet minister for every hour my 3 gorgeous children have been alive. So whilst it may seem strange for someone who just tried to become PM (& is a terrible cliche) I have decided now is the time for the biggest challenge of all – to be a GOOD DAD!

“It has been a huge honour 2 be responsible 4 the finest diplomatic service in the world & 2 see the courage & wisdom of our diplomats & intelligence services. Thanks 4 guiding me with such patience & professionalism! Proud to have stood up alongside you for British values.

“Also most importantly heartfelt thanks to the 1/3 of Conservative Party members who supported me. Despite being the outsider, the #HastobeHunt campaign was spirited & smart (if I do say so myself). I was truly humbled with the confidence placed in me by so many people.”

:: Defence secretary

Penny Mordaunt has confirmed that she is departing.

The Jeremy Hunt supporter – and the UK’s first female defence secretary – tweeted: “I’m heading to the backbenches from where the PM will have my full support, as will my successors at @DefenceHQ & @WomenEqualities.

“Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get things done, especially our Armed Forces and civilians in defence for the last 85 days. We achieved much.”

Gavin Williamson, an early Johnson backer, has been rumoured as a potential defence secretary in his government.

:: International trade secretary

Liam Fox, another Hunt supporter, has been sacked by Mr Johnson.

He tweeted: “I am proud to have worked with a tremendously talented team @tradegovuk to boost trade & investment and prepare for Brexit.

“The world-class trade department we have built leaves the UK uniquely well-positioned to forge our new trading relationships beyond Europe and create a truly Global Britain.

“But we must first undertake the momentous task of delivering on the instruction of the British people and leave the European Union. I look forward to supporting @BorisJohnson and the government from the backbenches.”

:: Transport secretary

Chris Grayling has left his role at his own his request, according to Sky sources.

:: Business secretary

Greg Clark said Mr Johnson was “right to appoint a new team” as he confirmed his return to the backbenches.

:: Education secretary

Damian Hinds is also out.

“It has been the greatest privilege to serve as Education Secretary,” he tweeted.

“Thank you to the brilliant team at @educationgovuk.

“And thank you to everyone working in education and children’s care, for all you do. I look forward to supporting the government from the backbenches.”

:: Communities secretary

James Brokenshire is another confirmed departure.

“After 13 years service on the front bench including 9 in Government will be heading to the backbenches,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Has been a huge privilege to serve, but looking forward to being released from collective responsibility and campaigning on issues that matter to me and my constituents.”

:: Northern Ireland secretary

Karen Bradley is another casualty of Mr Johnson’s shake-up of government, having been sacked from her role.

In a statement, she said: “It has been an enormous privilege to serve as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and represent this special nation and integral part of our precious union.

“I would like to pay tribute to Theresa May for her continued support and commitment to ensuring the unique needs of Northern Ireland were met and respected in full.

“I would also like to thank the whole team at the Northern Ireland Office who work tirelessly to deliver for the people of Northern Ireland.”

:: Scotland secretary

David Mundell said he was “disappointed but not surprised” to be going.

He tweeted: “Will, of course, support the new Government, but as I said to PM this afternoon I will also hold him to account on his commitments to the Union. Hope there’s still room on the backbenches!”

:: Commons leader

Mel Stride, who only took over the role in May when Andrea Leadsom quit, is returning to the backbenches.

Huge honour to have served as Lord President and Leader of the House,” he said.

“Looking forward to continuing to support my constituents and our PM from backbenches. Huge thanks to all who supported me so brilliantly during my 5 yrs in govt – in the whips office, HMT and in Leader’s Office.”

:: Analysis – by Kate McCann, political correspondent

Boris Johnson has begun sacking Theresa May’s Cabinet before he builds his own senior team within the next few hours.

So far a clutch of senior ministers have been asked to leave the government, all of whom backed Jeremy Hunt in the leadership race and some of whom had been expected to stay regardless.

Penny Mordaunt the defence secretary, Liam Fox the trade secretary and Greg Clark the business secretary and Damian Hinds, the education secretary, have all been sacked. All supported Mr Hunt.

Chris Grayling resigned his position as transport secretary, he backed Mr Johnson.

The departure of Ms Maudaunt and Mr Fox have caused the most surprise so far as both were expected to continue in government despite not supporting the new Prime Minister.

Sources say both were asked to leave without being offered alternative roles.

Their departures show Mr Johnson intends to govern with a fresh cabinet of people who support him despite earlier claims he may keep some ministers in the top team to avoid rocking the boat with such a small Commons majority.

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