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Dominic Raab Has Been Appointed Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor And Deputy Prime Minister

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Dominic Raab has been moved from his role heading up the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office and will instead hold down the posts of Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor And Deputy Prime Minister.

The former Foreign Secretary was moved during a Cabinet reshuffle that followed Prime Minister’s Questions today.

Raab will now take up the positions of Justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Deputy Prime Minister.

His former position as Foreign Secretary will be taken up by Liz Truss, who has been moved from her current role as Trade Secretary. 

The role of Deputy Prime Minister had remained vacant since 2015, when then-Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg left the post.

The move comes amid mounting cross-party critiques of his handling of the Afghanistan crisis.

The former secretary faced personal condemnation for not returning to the UK earlier from a holiday in Crete as Taliban insurgents closed in on the capital Kabul.

During a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the crisis, held last month, Raab repeatedly refused to offer further details about the trip.

 Despite being questioned by several members, Raab labelled the questions a "fishing expedition".

Responding to the former foreign secretary's new bundle of titles, one Tory MP from the 2019 intake told PoliticsHome: "He's rivalling Angela Rayner in the titles front now. He was barely suited to his last job."

Another Conservative MP told PoliticsHome the move is a "sign we are going to get more robust on channel crossings."

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