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Rishi Sunak team: who’s in, who’s out?

Rishi Sunak has started the process of selecting cabinet ministers.

After being named the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak began the process of selecting ministers for his cabinet with some reappointed and several sacked from their posts.

In his first speech as prime minister, Mr Sunak said: “I was elected to lead my party and your prime minister, in part, to correct mistakes. And that work begins immediately.”


Mr Sunak has reappointed Jeremy Hunt as UK Chancellor of the Exchequer. Liz Truss, during her short 45-day term, appointed Mr Hunt after sacking Kwasi Kwarteng.

James Cleverly has been reappointed as Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

Ben Wallace, who served as defense secretary in Liz Truss’ cabinet, was retained by Mr Sunak.

Penny Mordaunt, the other candidate at 10 Downing Street, was reappointed Lord President of the Council and Leader of the House of Commons. She pulled out of the race after failing to garner enough support from Tory lawmakers

New appointments

Suella Braverman, of Indian origin, who left the government a few days before Truss’s resignation, returned as interior minister in Rishi Sunak’s cabinet. Ms Braverman was also Home Secretary during Truss’ tenure. In her resignation letter to the Prime Minister, she had “serious concerns” that the Prime Minister was not delivering on the manifesto promises.

Dominic Raab has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. He was previously Boris Johnson’s deputy.

Simon Hart was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)

Nadhim Zahawi was appointed minister but without portfolio in the Cabinet office. He previously served as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister for Intergovernmental Relations and Minister for Equalities during Liz Truss’ tenure.

Oliver Dowden replaced Nadhim Zahawi as the new Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. He previously served as minister without portfolio in the previous government.

Grant Shapps will be the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, he previously served as Secretary of State in the Home Office.

Gillian Keepan has been named the new Secretary of State for Education.

Mel Stride has been appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in the new cabinet.

Dr Therese Coffey joined the firm as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.


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