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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.

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