George Osborne sacked and Boris Johnson in as Theresa May unveils new-look Cabinet

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13th July 2016

Theresa May sensationally sacked George Osborne tonight and made Boris Johnson Foreign Secretary as she rung the changes just hours after becoming Prime Minister.

Theresa May has wasted no time putting her stamp on No 10
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Mr Osborne is replaced in the Treasury by Philip Hammond, while David Davis also returned to the Tory frontbench for the first time in eight years as he took on the newly-created post of Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

Liam Fox, forced to quit as Defence Secretary in disgrace in 2011, becomes Secretary of State in a new Department for International Trade.

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Amber Rudd is promoted from Energy Secretary to replace Mrs May at the Home Office, while Michael Fallon remains Defence Secretary.

But it was Mr Osborne's sacking after six years as Chancellor which caused the biggest shock as the new Prime Minister made the first appointments to her new-look Cabinet.

He had been tipped as a possible Foreign Secretary, but it was known that many Tory MPs wanted him out of the Government altogether because of the forceful way he made the case for Remain during the EU referendum. 

Mr Osborne responded to Mrs May's decision on Twitter.





Mrs May's decision to make flamboyant former London Mayor Mr Johnson the new Foreign Secretary also raised eyebrows.

It marks a remarkable turn in fortunes for the Uxbridge MP, who saw his hopes of becoming Prime Minister dashed when Michael Gove withdrew support for him and announced he was running to be Tory leader himself. Mr Gove is also expected to be sacked when Mrs May finalises her frontbench line-up in the days ahead.

Amber Rudd is expected to be the first of several women to be rewarded with top jobs in the reshuffle. Justine Greening and Priti Patel are among those set to be promoted.