US News Julian Smith Sacked As Northern Ireland Secretary In Cabinet Reshuffle

04:10  14 february  2020
04:10  14 february  2020 Source:   huffingtonpost.co.uk

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Julian Smith has been sacked as Northern Ireland secretary, as Boris Johnson begun reshuffling his cabinet on Thursday morning.

The prime minister removed Smith from the cabinet despite him having recently helped secure a power-sharing deal at Stormont.

Esther McVey has been fired as housing minister. Andrea Leadsom has been sacked as business secretary.

Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, has been removed from his post as has environment secretary Theresa Villiers.

In a post on Facebook, Villiers said the prime minister told her she had to “make way for someone new”.

Andrea Leadsom was axed as business secretary. © Getty Andrea Leadsom was axed as business secretary.

Senior ministers including chancellor Sajid Javid, home secretary Priti Patel and foreign secretary Dominic Raab look as if they will remain in place.

It is the first cabinet reshuffle since Johnson won a comfortable majority at the general election in December.

Alok Sharma is expected to be promoted from his current international development job, while paymaster general Oliver Dowden is rumoured to be the new culture secretary.

There are currently only eight women in Johnson’s 31-strong cabinet team and it has suggested this figure could actually go down rather than up.

Female MPs that are in line for promotion include defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan, prisons minister Lucy Frazer, former Brexit minister Suella Braverman and Chichester MP Gillian Keegan.

Downing Street has indicated the most junior ministerial rank – parliamentary under-secretary of state level – is likely to have a 50-50 gender split after the reshuffle.

Other factors at play in this reshuffle include filling the vacant role in charge of the Cop26 UN climate summit, with Michael Gove’s name having been floated.

PM gathers new top team after Javid's shock resignation .
Boris Johnson is chairing the first meeting of his new cabinet - a day after a dramatic reshuffle saw Sajid Javid shock Westminster by resigning as chancellor. Mr Javid said he was left with "no option" but to quit after the prime minister ordered him to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by Number 10.The former chancellor said this was a condition "any self-respecting minister" would reject, prompting him to walk.Rishi Sunak, his former deputy at the Treasury, has been appointed as his replacement.

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