Boris Johnson signals wholesale rearranging of Cabinet with Robert Jenrick sacking

Jenrick sacking could indicate major cabinet reshuffle says expert

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The sacking of Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick may signal a major cabinet purge has been launched by Boris Johnson, according to LBC’s Westminster correspondent Ben Kentish. He has argued that the axing of Mr Jenrick comes as a surprise to many political experts given the Conservative minister was a “loyal” and “solid” member of the Prime Minister’s top team, Mr Kentish added the decision to remove Mr Jenrick “sounds like it could be a wholesale rearranging.”

Mr Kentish told LBC: “Robert Jenrick, he was until just a few minutes ago the Secretary of State for housing, communities and local government, he no longer is.

“He has tweeted: ‘It has been a huge privilege to serve as secretary of state thank you to everyone at the department for their hard work dedication and friendship.

“‘I deeply proud of all that we have achieved’ and like others who have been sacked vows to continue to support the Prime Minister and the government, he says in ‘every way I can’.”

“This is a surprise,” added Mr Kentish.

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“It is a sign perhaps that this reshuffle is going to be more wide-ranging than many people predicted it would be.

“We thought it might be a rejigging of Boris Johnson’s top team.

“It sounds like it could be a wholesale rearranging.

“Because Robert Jenrick, if any minister has been loyal and has been solid it is Robert Jenrick.”

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Downing Street praised the departing Minister in a statement: “Robert Jenrick has led crucial work over the last two years, most importantly driving reforms to build more houses so homeownership becomes a reality for many more people.”

It comes as Dominic Rabb is replaced by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss who was confirmed as the new foreign secretary this afternoon.

Other moves have seen Gavin Williamson sacked as education secretary.

Meanwhile, Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick have been axed as justice secretary and housing, communities, and local government secretary, respectively.

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Amanda Milling, the co-chair of the Conservative Party has also been booted out of the government.

Mr Raab was spotted by an eagle-eyed reporter outside Downing Street looking less than pleased with Mr Johnson‘s decision to axe him from his Cabinet post. 

Sky New’s Sam Coates said: “I shouted ‘Are you happy with demotion?’ He looked at me, winked, and walked on.

“All the time he was smiling and then just as he got out of the view of the cameras he suddenly dropped his smile.”

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