September 15, 2021
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Boris Johnson kicked off a reshuffle of his top team on Wednesday by sacking his education and justice secretaries.
Gavin Williamson — who attracted criticism over a botched grading of exam results and was previously removed from Theresa May’s Cabinet in a security row — said it had been “a privilege to serve as education secretary since 2019,” and talked up “transformational reforms” in post-16 education during his time in office.
“I look forward to continuing to support the prime minster and the government,” the ex-chief whip said in a tweet confirming his exit.
Confirming his own departure from government, Robert Buckland — justice secretary since 2019 — tweeted: “It has been an honour to serve in government for the last 7 years, and as the Lord Chancellor for the last 2. I am deeply proud of everything I have achieved. On to the next adventure.”
Cabinet-level changes are expected to continue throughout the day, with further ministerial posts filled Thursday.
No. 10 said the reshuffle — only the second since Johnson’s election victory in 2019 — would have “a focus on uniting and leveling up the whole country.”
It comes as Whitehall departments continue to thrash out three-year spending settlements with the Treasury ahead of a review and budget unveiled October 27.
In a speech that lacked many applause lines, the Commission president sought to inspire while also highlighting the EU’s shortcomings.
For the first time, a poll shows the controversial TV star crossing the 10 percent threshold.
Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish most in favor of keeping Merkel in politics.
Its likely return to power underscores the revival of Europe’s political left in the north.