Johnson chairs his first reshuffled cabinet after Chancellor's resignation

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The PM on Thursday brought Rishi Sunak in place of Sajid Javid, who was the only British Pakistani and Muslim minister in the cabinet.

The 39-year-old is set to move into No. 11 Downing Street, next door to the Prime Minister's Office, as he takes charge of the second most important government position as the finance minister.

Former Brexit minister Suella Braverman returns to the Government as Attorney General.

The pound and bond yields rose on the expectation that Sunak's appointment would pave the way for a more expansionary budget.

Johnson had not been expected to change the biggest-hitting posts in his government, but most saw even the smallest changes lower down the order as a sign that he wanted to tighten his grip on power. His resignation follows reports he had clashed with Johnson's powerful adviser, Dominic Cummings.

Several other frontbench ministers have been given the boot, including Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Housing Secretary Esther McVey, and Andrea Leadsom, the business secretary.

Along with the ministerial exits, the reshuffle - which Downing Street insiders had predicted would be "conventional" before the row with Mr Javid - included promotions for MPs who are highly rated by Number 10.


Besides Javid's exit, perhaps the greatest surprise in the Cabinet reshuffle is the firing of Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who had success securing a deal to end a three-year suspension of the local government.

Alok Sharma was promoted from worldwide development to become the new Business Secretary and he will also be minister for the COP26 United Nations climate summit, which is due to take place in Glasgow in November.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan was promoted to minister for worldwide development, while other big departments - such as foreign, home affairs, trade and health - kept their ministers.

The ongoing struggle between Downing Street and the Treasury apparently erupted into a feud when Cummings sacked Javid's special adviser Sonia Khan without informing him.

But it was clear that loyalty mattered to Johnson to be able to deliver his agenda and meet the promises he made in the run-up to the December 12 election, in which he won a large majority.

"This is a historical record. A government in chaos within weeks of an election", said John McDonnell, finance spokesman for the main opposition Labour Party.

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