Boris Johnson is hiring and firing ministers as he carries out a reshuffle of his government following his general election victory last year.


Here’s who’s in and who’s out as the prime minister wields the axe:


Julian Smith – sacked as Northern Ireland secretary

Just weeks after helping to restore power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, Mr Smith has lost his job.

Despite the praise he received for his role in returning devolved government at Stormont, the Skipton and Ripon MP had previously been earmarked as disloyal to Mr Johnson over Brexit.

Andrea Leadsom – sacked as business secretary

The leading Brexiteer has lost the job she held since Mr Johnson became prime minister in July.

Prior to joining his cabinet, Ms Leadsom ran against Mr Johnson in last year’s Conservative leadership contest.

Theresa Villiers – sacked as environment secretary

Another Brexiteer to lose her job now that the UK has left the EU.

Her replacement will have to help oversee negotiations on access to UK fishing waters as the government holds trade talks with the EU over the next few months.

Geoffrey Cox – sacked as attorney general

The former barrister – yet another Brexiteer to leave the government – lost his job just before he was due to address the House of Commons on Thursday morning.

Solicitor general Michael Ellis instead took questions from MPs.

Esther McVey – sacked as housing minister

Chris Skidmore – sacked as universities minister

Nusrat Ghani – sacked as transport minister


The prime minister is expected to announce replacements for sacked ministers later today.

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