Therese Coffey is new Health Sec and Deputy PM and Kwasi Kwarteng is next Chancellor | The Sun

LIZ Truss has fired key Rishi Sunak supporters from Cabinet and promoted her closest allies into top jobs.

The new PM named loyal pal Therese Coffey as her Deputy PM and Health Secretary, and long-time friend Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor.

She sacked Dominic Raab as Justice Secretary, Grant Shapps as Transport Secretary and Steve Barclay as Health Secretary.

All were fierce backers of the vanquished former Chancellor but will now be cast to the backbenches.

Mr Truss is expected to install her close supporters in top Cabinet posts, including Kwasi Kwarteng as Chancellor.

James Cleverly and Suella Braverman are expected to be appointed Foreign and Home Secretaries – meaning none of the top four jobs will be held by white men.

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Before appointing her top team in No10, Ms Truss is firing unwanted ministers from her Commons office.

Party chairman Andrew Stephenson also said he had lost his job.

Veterans Minister Jonny Mercer is also out and suggested he may quit politics.

Sacked Mr Raab said: "Thanks to the brilliant MoJ team for all their hard work over the last year. Good luck to the new PM and her team. I look forward to supporting the government from the backbenches."

Mr Barclay said: "After 7 years in government I am returning to the backbenches. Thanks to all colleagues, both political & civil service, for their fantastic support."

Mr Shapps said: "It has been a privilege to serve as Transport Secretary; a job I loved.

"Now I look forward to being a strong, independent voice on the backbenches, developing policies that will further the Conservative cause and the interests of my constituents in Welwyn Hatfield."

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