ominous Raab and Gavin Williamson have been removed from their cabinet posts as Boris Johnson carried out a major reshuffle.
Raab lost his job as foreign minister. But he remains in the cabinet as Deputy Prime Minister, Secretary of Justice and Lord Chancellor.
He is believed to have struggled to be moved from the State Department.
Williamson was fired as education secretary when a number of cabinet ministers lost their jobs.
Liz Truss has been promoted from International Trade Secretary to Secretary of State. When Priti Patel becomes Minister of the Interior, it means that two of the four major state offices are now run by women.
Michael Gove, with his reputation for pushing through difficult reforms, is moving from the Cabinet Office to Community and Housing Secretary.
He will also be responsible for the Union at a time of post-Brexit tensions with Scotland.
Mr Gove also assumes intergovernmental responsibility for “leveling”, amid accusations that the government is “leveling” in London to divert funds to increase other regions.
He will also have to address the series of government planning reforms to boost housing development, which was partly blamed for the Tories losing Chesham and the Amersham by-elections.
Boris Johnson’s reshuffle on Wednesday also led to the resignation of Robert Buckland as secretary of justice and Robert Jenrick as community and housing minister.
Shortly after the Prime Minister began his reshuffle, Williamson tweeted: “It has been a privilege to serve as Secretary of Education since 2019.
“Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am particularly proud of the transformational reforms I have pursued in post-16 education: in post-secondary colleges, our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.”
He added: “This program will create better life opportunities for pupils and students for many years to come. I look forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister and the Government. ”
Buckland became the second cabinet minister to go.
He tweeted: “It has been an honor to serve in the government for the last 7 years, and as Chancellor for the last 2. I am deeply proud of everything I have achieved. On to the next adventure. ”
Jenrick was the third cabinet minister to be removed.
He tweeted: “It has been a huge privilege to serve as Foreign Minister.
“Thank you to everyone on the department for their hard work, commitment and friendship. I am deeply proud of everything we have achieved.
“I will continue to support the Prime Minister and the Government in every possible way.”
Meanwhile, Raab has become Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of Justice after being removed from Foreign Minister.
Party chairman Amanda Milling became the fifth key figure to lose their post.
She tweeted: “It has been a privilege and an honor to be co-chairman of the Conservative Party.
“Thank you to the volunteer party and the team at CCHQ for their support.
Thanks to @BorisJohnson for this opportunity. I will continue to work on delivering our plans to bring Britain up to level. ”
The prime minister’s official spokesman said Johnson “understood the importance of having a diverse cabinet”, but would not guarantee that female representation around the table would be maintained at least at the current level after the reshuffle.
Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings has felt the shake “Carrie relocation”, suggesting Mrs Johnson’s allies would be rewarded.
But when asked if the prime minister’s wife had been consulted about the relocation, the official Downing Street spokesman said: “No.”
Confirmation of the reshuffle came as Mr Johnson stood up in the Commons and took the Prime Minister’s question.
Under the Prime Minister’s question, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Interior Minister Priti Patel sat to the right of Johnson’s left and Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg to the right — with other heavyweights in the cabinet not seen in the chamber.
A shake-up of the Prime Minister’s top team has long been expected in Westminster.
“PM will make a reshuffle on Wednesday to get a strong and united team to build better back from the pandemic,” the source said Wednesday.
“On Tuesday, PM established its plan for handling Covid during the autumn and winter.
“But the government must also redouble our efforts to live up to the priorities of the people.
“PM appoints ministers this afternoon focusing on uniting and leveling the whole country.”
The probe was launched following reports of proposals to give Chinese communications giant Huawei limited access to help build Britain’s new 5G network.
Williamson vehemently denied being the source of the leak.
Patel, who was at the center of speculation that she could lose her job due to inability to stop thousands of migrants crossing the canal to Britain, tweeted: “A huge privilege to continue to serve as Home Secretary under our Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“There is still so much more to do to deliver to the British people. Fighting illegal migration, reducing crime and continuing to protect our great country. ”
Mark Spencer remains Chief Whip, said No. 10.
In a statement released a few hours into the reshuffle, No10 said: “Robert Buckland, Robert Jenrick and Gavin Williamson have now left the government.”
It added: “Gavin Williamson has played a key role in transforming the skills agenda as we create a high salary and a highly educated economy that guarantees lifetime skills to millions across the country. The Prime Minister is grateful for his loyalty and service. ”
The statement noticeably did not refer to his handling of the schools and exam crises during the pandemic.
It added: “Robert Buckland has made a huge contribution to the government as Secretary of Justice and Lord Chancellor, including making our streets safer through significant reforms to sentencing and combating burglary. The Prime Minister is grateful for his hard work and commitment.
Robert Jenrick has led crucial work over the past two years, most importantly driving reforms to build more homes so that home ownership becomes a reality for many more people. The Prime Minister is grateful for his drive and commitment. ”