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Rishi Sunak's Cabinet reshuffle in full - who's BACKED and SACKED in PM's top team

Rishi Sunak has overhauled his top team as he vowed to "fix the mistakes" of Liz Truss's crisis-hit leadership.

The new Prime Minister ditched some staunch Boris Johnson and Liz Truss allies such as Jacob Rees-Mogg but left some of the top roles unchanged as he sought to unite warring tribes.

In an extraordinary move, he restored Suella Braverman as Home Secretary - six days after she was sacked for a security breach.

Michael Gove was brought back to his old job as Levelling Up Secretary, months after Boris Johnson sacked him in one of his final acts as PM.

Sir Gavin Williamson also made a surprise return as Minister without Portfolio, having been sacked as Education Secretary under Boris Johnson.

Here all the sackings, resignations and appointments in Rishi Sunak's Cabinet - with profiles of key figures.

New PM Rishi Sunak has reshuffled his top team (REUTERS)

Who's out

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg: Business Secretary The Boris Johnson and Liz Truss loyalist quit soon after Rishi Sunak was appointed. A source said: "He knows he was very close to the previous two regimes and it didn't seem likely he was going to be appointed in the new Cabinet. He's happy to support the Prime Minister from the backbenches."
  • Brandon Lewis: Justice Secretary Long-serving Cabinet Minister said he was quitting to serve from the back benches. He said the party must unite to resolve the economic turmoil, saying: "The future of the Conservative Party and everything we stand for is at stake if we do not."
  • Wendy Morton: Chief Whip Party enforcer quit for good this time after presiding over last week's chaotic fracking vote, where no one knew for hours whether she had resigned or not.

  • Chloe Smith: Work and Pensions Secretary Despite supporting Mr Sunak in the leadership contest, the Norwich North MP is returning to the backbenches.

  • Vicky Ford: Development Minister She said she was sorry to leave her role as a minister of state at the Foreign Office but wished the PM the best.

  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan: Transport Secretary Ms Trevelyan, who last week refused to say several times whether Ms Truss would lead the Tories into the next election, posted her congratulations to successor Mark Harper

  • Robert Buckland: Welsh Secretary The top Tory was the first cabinet minister to switch to Liz Truss from Rishi Sunak in the previous leadership election. But he made it clear he was stepping down - perhaps before he was pushed.

  • Jake Berry: Tory Chairman/Cabinet Office Minister The staunch Johnson ally, who was handed a knighthood by the former PM, was despatched as Tory Party chairman. In a post on Twitter, he said: "It has been an honour to serve as the Conservative Party chairman, but all good things must come to an end."

  • Kit Malthouse: Education Secretary Another Johnson loyalist, Malthouse was only moved to the Department of Education in September. He reportedly quit rather than take a demotion.

  • Ranil Jayawardena: Environment Secretary The ex-trade minister was only promoted to Cabinet by Liz Truss last month. But in a letter to Mr Sunak, he said: "I know that you wish for a new team to join you in HM Government, so I write to stand aside."

  • Simon Clarke: Levelling Up Secretary Despite serving as chief secretary to the Treasury under Rishi Sunak when he was chancellor, Clarke was a fervent Truss supporter.

  • Alok Sharma: Cabinet Office Minister Sharma holds the COP26 presidency until it ends next month but his Cabinet post has been removed.

New Cabinet at a glance

  • Prime Minister: Rishi Sunak
  • Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary: Dominic Raab
  • Chancellor: Jeremy Hunt**
  • Foreign Secretary: James Cleverly**

  • Home Secretary: Suella Braverman

  • Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace**

  • Health Secretary: Steve Barclay

  • Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Oliver Dowden

  • Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities Secretary: Michael Gove

  • Business Secretary: Grant Shapps

  • Trade Secretary and Equalities Minister: Kemi Badenoch**

  • Environment Secretary: Therese Coffey

  • Work and Pensions Secretary: Mel Stride

  • Education Secretary: Gillian Keegan

  • Culture Secretary: Michelle Donelan**

  • Transport Secretary: Mark Harper

  • Attorney General - Victoria Prentis

  • Northern Ireland Secretary: Chris Heaton-Harris**

  • Scotland Secretary: Alister Jack**

  • Wales Secretary - David TC Davies

  • Security Minister Tom Tugendhat

  • Tory chairman and Minister without Portfolio: Nadhim Zahawi*

  • Minister without Portfolio: Sir Gavin Williamson*

  • Minister for Immigration: Robert Jenrick*

  • Minister for Veterans' Affairs: Johnny Mercer

  • Chief Whip: Simon Hart

  • Paymaster General: Jeremy Quin

  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury: John Glen

  • Leader of the Commons: Penny Mordaunt**

  • Leader of the House of Lords Lord True**

*Attends Cabinet but not a full Cabinet minister.

**No change

Key Cabinet positions

Chancellor: Jeremy Hunt

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (REUTERS)

It is perhaps no surprise the new Prime Minister has re-appointed Jeremy Hunt as Chancellor as he attempts to restore market confidence in the Government after weeks of turmoil in No10.

Mr Hunt - a previous Tory leadership contender - was first made Chancellor by Liz Truss a little under a fortnight ago after she was forced to rip up her disastrous mini-Budget and sack her close ally Kwasi Kwarteng from the role.

He has since warned of decisions of "eye-watering difficulty" - raising fears of a new era of austerity when he delivers the Government's medium-term economic plan on Halloween next week.

Deputy PM and Justice Secretary: Dominic Raab

Deputy PM Dominic Raab (REUTERS)

Dominic Raab was one of the first ministers sacked by Liz Truss when she became PM six weeks ago, but returned to the government fold today.

The former Foreign Secretary was heavily criticised for his response to the fall of Kabul to the Taliban last year, remaining on holiday in Crete.

He later bizarrely claimed the sea was "closed" as he denied paddleboarding while thousands tried to flee.

The Tory Brexiteer was widely mocked in 2018 when he admitted he "hadn't quite understood" how reliant UK trade was on the Dover-Calais crossing.

Home Secretary: Suella Braverman

Home Secretary Suella Braverman (Getty Images)

Suella Braverman's allies will be hoping she clocks up more than the 43 days she managed as Home Secretary before she was sacked last week.

Mr Sunak has come under fire for re-appointing the right-winger, who bizarrely rallied against a "coalition of chaos" during a debate on protests the day before she was booted out.

The Home Secretary launched a scathing attack on Ms Truss after she was fired for two breaches of the ministerial code.

Ms Braverman, a former Tory leadership candidate, previously said it was her "dream" to pick up a newspaper and read about flights to Rwanda under the government's controversial deportation plan.

Foreign Secretary: James Cleverly

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly (PA)

Mr Cleverly will retain his role in one of the four great offices of state as Foreign Secretary despite first backing former Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the contest to replace Liz Truss over the weekend.

He was elected in 2015 alongside Mr Sunak and has quickly risen through the ranks of the Tory party, previously serving as Education Secretary and co-chair of the Conservative Party in Mr Johnson's administration.

After his reappointment, the cabinet minister said he would "protect UK interests overseas and support our friends and allies around the world, defending democracy and freedom" and standing with Ukraine.

Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace (AFP via Getty Images)

Mr Wallace, a popular figure among the Tory members, will retain his role as Defence Secretary - a position he has held since Russia launched its brutal invasion against Ukraine in February 2022.

During the two most recent Tory leadership contests, the cabinet minister ruled himself out of the contest and in the summer launched a thinly-veiled attack on Mr Sunak as he threw his weight behind Ms Truss.

He has previously indicated he would quit the cabinet post under Ms Truss if she dropped a commitment to spend 3% of GDP spending on defence by the end of the decade - suggesting Mr Sunak may have made the commitment.

Business Secretary: Grant Shapps

Business Secretary Grant Shapps (Getty Images)

Mr Shapps now holds the dubious distinction of being the shortest-serving Home Secretary in history, having held the post for just six days.

He moves over to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The former Transport Secretary, also culled by Liz Truss at the start of her brief stint in charge, has plenty of business experience, having famously offered get-rich quick tips masquerading as a tycoon called Michael Green.

Last week Mr Shapps claimed that it would only take a week to select a replacement for Ms Truss, and was later proved right.

Education Secretary: Gillian Keegan

Ms Keegan becomes the fifth Education Secretary this year after being promoted to a Cabinet post for the first time.

A close ally of Rishi Sunak, Ms Keegan grew up in Merseyside and worked as an apprentice in a car factory when she was 16.

She came under fire when, as skills minister, she failed to come back from her holiday during the exams chaos in 2020.

She also has to apologise for continuing a meeting with bereaved parents when she had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier this year.

Levelling Up Secretary: Michael Gove

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove (AFP via Getty Images)

Michael Gove's exile to the backbenches has ended after new PM Rishi Sunak gave him his old job back.

The Tory heavyweight is back at the top table just weeks after breaking ranks and criticising Liz Truss, branding her disastrous tax cuts "a display of the wrong values".

He was today announced as Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, as well as Minister for Intergovernmental Relations - a role he previously held under Boris Johnson.

Mr Gove has previously served in the cabinets of David Cameron, Theresa May and Mr Johnson.

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