Johnson reshuffles cabinet with Leadsom dropped

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith are the first casualties as Prime Minister Boris Johnson undertakes his cabinet reshuffle.

Leadsom, who has been Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy since 2019, tweeted that she was proud of her work on net zero. The former leadership contender, who also served as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, controversially delayed a report of illegally high levels of diesel pollution affecting over half the population until after the 2017 General Election.

Alok Sharma has been asked to take on the role of Business Secretary, leaving his role as International Development Secretary. In making the switch, his responsibilities now include heading the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow later this year.

Other high-profile casualties include Theresa Villiers as Environment Secretary, who spoke out against Johnson's favoured proposal for a new London airport to be built in the Thames Estuary, and Esther McVey as Housing Minister. Meanwhile, Chris Skidmore has also been removed from his post as Education Minister and George Freeman has been sacked as Transport Minister.

McVey’s sacking means that we will now be onto our 10th Housing Minister since 2010.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who attended cabinet, has resigned.

Arlene Foster, the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, paid tribute to Julian Smith following his sacking, saying his dedication to the role had been ‘incredible’, while Ireland's deputy PM Simon Coveney also thanked him for his work.

Robert Buckland, much in the news lately regarding terrorism offenders serving longer prison sentences, is remaining in his post of Justice Secretary, whilst Home Secretary Priti Patel leaves Downing Street with her title in tact. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also retained his post, which he held since 2018.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been named Secretary of State for International Development.