Gavin Williamson was sacked as education secretary in a cabinet reshuffle that also removed Dominic Raab from the State Department.
Raab, who was heavily criticized for his handling of the Afghanistan crisis when he was foreign minister, will now become justice minister and deputy prime minister.
She was replaced as foreign secretary by Liz Truss, who was formerly international trade secretary.
Mr Raab’s reshuffle is the most high-profile move in cabinet ministers by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday.
Previously, Number 10 confirmed the dismissal of Mr Williamson as secretary of education, while Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick stepped down from the roles of minister of justice and secretary of housing, communities and local government, respectively.
All three left the government completely.
Mr Jenrick will be replaced by Michael Gove, and Downing Street has long said the minister will assume “intergovernmental responsibility for upgrading”.
Mr. Gove has become the fourth secretary of state in the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government since its rebranding in 2018.
It has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary since 2019. Despite the challenges of the global pandemic, I am particularly proud of the transformational reforms I have led in post-16 education: in further education colleges, on our Skills agenda, apprenticeships and more.
— Gavin Williamson (@GavinWilliamson) September 15, 2021
Amanda Milling was another victim of a reshuffle, as she left her post as Conservative Party co-chair less than three weeks before the Tory conference in Manchester.
It follows the Conservatives’ recent loss in the Chesham and Amersham by-elections and their failure to take the Batley and Spen seat from the Labor Party.
Criticisms of Mr. Raab’s handling of the Afghanistan crisis included his anger at the country’s decision to take a summer vacation as it fell to the Taliban.
There were also reports of tensions between Mr Raab’s State Department and the Defense Department during the air evacuation of British nationals and eligible Afghans from Kabul last month.
In 2020, Mr Raab deputized for Mr Johnson while the prime minister was being treated in intensive care with COVID-19.
And now he will officially assume the role of deputy prime minister after the position has been revived by Mr Johnson.
The last deputy prime minister before Raab was former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who was part of the coalition government.
Mr. Raab, a former lawyer, was appointed the sixth secretary of justice in six years, replacing Mr. Buckland.
In a Twitter post where he announced his departure from the cabinet Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Williamson said it “has been a privilege to serve as secretary of education since 2019” and that he is “particularly proud of the transformational reforms I have pioneered”. Education after 16″.
He added that he looks forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister and the government.
It has been an honor to serve in the Government for the past 7 years and as Lord Chancellor for the past 2 years.
I am deeply proud of everything I have accomplished. to the next adventure
– Robert Buckland (@RobertBuckland) September 15, 2021
Mr Williamson has faced regular criticism for the way he handled his education brief during the COVID-19 crisis, including a fiasco in closing schools due to the pandemic and awarding A-level and GCSE grades.
Last week, Mr. Williamson was widely ridiculed after he confessed. English footballer Marcus Rashford confused with rugby star Maro Itoje.
Mr. Williamson, a former Tory chief, was widely credited among Conservative MPs for providing huge support for Mr Johnson during the party’s 2019 leadership contest.
He was previously the campaign manager of Theresa May’s successful leadership campaign and has a reputation as one of Westminster’s toughest promoters, and it has been suggested he could be a threat to Mr Johnson in the back row.
Mr Williamson was dismissed from the government for the second time in 2019 after he left as defense secretary in 2019 over leaks of information regarding Huawei’s involvement in the UK’s 5G network.
Mr. Buckland also took to Twitter to confirm his departure from the cabinet.
He said he was looking for “the next adventure” and, after serving in government for the past seven years, “is deeply proud of everything I’ve accomplished.”
At the center of a debate about planning approval given to a Conservative donor last year, Mr. Jenrick tweeted that it was “a great privilege” to lead the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
Thank you to everyone in the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I am deeply proud of everything we have accomplished.”
“I will continue to support the Prime Minister and the government in any way I can.”
It was a great privilege to serve as Secretary of State. @mhclg. We thank everyone in the department for their hard work, dedication and friendship. I am deeply proud of everything we have accomplished.
I will continue to support the Prime Minister and the government in any way I can.
— Robert Jenrick (@RobertJenrick) September 15, 2021
The prime minister is expected to complete his cabinet reshuffle today, and the changes to the sub-ministerial ranks are expected to be completed by Thursday.
Confirmation that Mr Johnson would make a widely anticipated change in his ministers came during Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions session.
A source at Number 10 said Mr Johnson will seek to “build a strong and united team” to help the country recover from the COVID pandemic.
They also said they expect the prime minister’s government to “double up our efforts to meet people’s priorities” and that Mr Johnson will appoint ministers “focused on uniting the whole country and raising the level”.
At a briefing for Westminster journalists, the prime minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson had not consulted with his wife, Carrie, on the change.
Earlier in the day, Mr. Johnson’s former chief adviser Dominic Cummings described the ministers’ imminent move as “Carrie Reshuffle”.
Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor Party, welcomed Mr Williamson’s dismissal as education secretary, but added: “She should have been fired more than a year ago.
The utter stupidity, failures, and futility of that idiot have damaged the life chances of our country’s children, and this government has failed the youth, teachers, and education staff.”