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Boris Johnson Appoints New Cabinet In Final Hours As Tory Party Leader

Boris Johnson Appoints New Cabinet In Final Hours As Tory Party Leader
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Boris Johnson is appointing a new Cabinet to fill the positions made vacant by the slew of recent resignations.

Greg Clark has been appointed as levelling up secretary, replacing Michael Gove who was sacked from the role on Wednesday evening. 

The role of Welsh Secretary has been filled by Robert Buckland – who formerly held the role of justice secretary – replacing Simon Hart who resigned on Wednesday evening.

James Cleverly has been appointed as Education Secretary, becoming the third person to hold the post this week.

It was previously held by Nadhim Zahawi, who was appointed as Chancellor on Tuesday to replace Rishi Sunak following his resignation. Zahawi was replaced by Michelle Donelan who resigned on Thursday morning after less than 48 hours in the role.

Kit Malthouse, previously a home office and justice minister, has been appointed as the new chancellor of the duchy of Lancaster.

He fills the role left vacant by Stephen Barclay, who was appointed as health secretary on Tuesday to replace Sajid Javid following his resignation.

Shailesh Vara has been given the job of Northern Ireland secretary, succeeding Brandon Lewis who resigned on Thursday morning.

Johnny Mercer returned to the role of minister for veterans' affairs after leaving following a row with government. Will Quince was one of several to return to their old jobs having resigned earlier in the week – he is back as children's minister.

More followed on Friday, including the controversial appointment of Andrea Jenkyns to the Department for Education, a day after she was seen making an obscene gesture to protesters outside Downing Street.

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