Newly elected UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sacked more than half of Theresa May’s cabinet, choosing instead ‘Vote Leave’ veterans and MPs who are more traditionally associated with economic right-wing policies.
Mr Johnson has been criticised for being a hugely divisive figure at a time when the UK is already dangerously divided. Despite repeated assurances that he will unite the country, he appointed dividing figures to the top roles of his cabinet.
Priti Patel, who was UK aid minister under Mrs May’s cabinet but was forced to resign after it emerged she held secret, unofficial meetings with Israel’s elite, has been appointed home secretary.
Critics argue that her support of returning capital punishment as recently as 2011 leaves her a sorely inappropriate choice for the job.
Sajid Javid, a big supporter of Margaret Thatcher, has been appointed as Treasury.
Leadership contender Dominic Raab has been made foreign secretary, after fellow contender Jeremy Hunt refused a demotion by Mr Johnson from foreign secretary to defence secretary. Mr Hunt will now serve as a backbencher in Parliament.
Chair of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, Jacob Rees-Mogg – who led called for May to be removed, is the new leader of the House of Commons.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, chair of the pro-Brexit European Research Group, which led calls for May to be deposed, is the new leader of the House of Commons.