Boris Johnson has been accused of pandering to the hard-right, as he convened his cabinet and faced MPs in the Commons for the first time as prime minister.

After a brutal reshuffle – clearing out the vast majority of Theresa May‘s ministers – it became clear the new prime minister had built his new government around the team that delivered the Brexit result in 2016.

Some of the ministerial appointments in Mr Johnson’s new administration were met with dismay, including the promotion of Priti Patel to the Home Office.

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The prime minister also used the reshuffle at minister of state level to promote allies and clear out MPs who oppose his stance on Brexit.

The first changes announced included Nigel Adams, who returns to government after resigning over Ms May's Brexit tactics.

He has been a loyal supporter of Mr Johnson and was rewarded with a role at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Lucy Frazer moves from solicitor general to the Ministry of Justice.

Kit Malthouse, who was Mr Johnson's deputy mayor for policing during their time in London's City Hall, has become a Home Office minister.

Conor Burns has been appointed a minister at the Department for International Trade.

Nick Gibb retains his role at the Department for Education and Jesse Norman stays as financial secretary to the Treasury.

Follow how the day in Westminster unfolded:

Boris Johnson has conducted a ruthless cabinet bloodbath to build his government around the team which delivered the Vote Leave result in the Brexit referendum.

Within hours of taking over from Theresa May as prime minister, Mr Johnson sacked 11 senior ministers, while six more walked out rather than serve under the new PM.

Key figures from the Brexit side of the EU referendum were catapulted into top jobs, with Priti Patel becoming home secretary and Dominic Raab foreign secretary while Vote Leave supremo Dominic Cummings will be “Johnson’s chief executive” as a senior No 10 adviser.



This is from the former Conservative MP Nick Boles, who now sits as an independent in the Commons. He claims: "Boris Johnson isn't our new prime minister; Nigel Farage is."

Boris Johnson’s new cabinet is proof that the Conservative party has “been fully taken over by the hard right,” former Tory MP Nick Boles says.

In an outspoken attack, the now Independent MP accused the party he quit over the threat of a no-deal Brexit of “turning themselves” into a copycat of Nigel Farage’s new party.

Promotions for chancellor Sajid Javid and Priti Patel, the new home secretary – and death penalty supporter – added up to a cabinet of “Thatcherites and no-deal Brexiters”, he said

Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, has just been doorstepped on his way into the cabinet meeting by the BBC. 
Asked whether the new administration was a no-deal cabinet, he replied: "Yes - We'll leave on the 31 October.
"Make no mistake, this government is committed to leaving the European Union."

Former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt quit the government last night after rejecting a move to defence secretary, telling Boris Johnson he would not take sacked Penny Mordaunt's job.

The former Tory leadership contender, who lost out to Mr Johnson by a margin of two-to-one on Tuesday in the race to succeed Theresa May, said that he would have been willing to stay on as foreign secretary.

But he rejected demotion to defence secretary, a role which Ms Mordaunt had held for less than three months before her dismissal by the new PM.



During the first cabinet meeting of his premiership, with cabinet secretary Mark Sedwill sat to his right and Chancellor Sajid Javid on his left, Boris Johnson said it was "wonderful to see this new team assembled here" which respects the "depth and breadth of talent in our extraordinary party". 

Addressing the room, with all eyes on him, Mr Johnson added: "As you all know we have a momentous task ahead of us, at a pivotal moment in our country's history. We are now committed, all of us, to leaving the European Union on October 31 or indeed earlier - no ifs, no buts.

"But we are not going to wait until October 31 to get on with a fantastic new agenda for our country, and that means delivering the priorities of the people."



Priti Patel, who was forced to resign from Theresa May’s government after revelations she had conducted secret meetings with the Israeli government, has been brought back into the Cabinet by new prime minister Boris Johnson.

Ms Patel, an ardent Leave campaigner will serve as home secretary, replacing Sajid Javid, who in turn will become Chancellor.

Supporters of Mr Johnson reportedly said he would appoint a “record number” of ethnic minority politicians and boost the number of women attending as full members of the Cabinet. 



Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, has been requested to apologise to the House of Commons, after he incorrectly registered a financial interest late. 

In a statement published just minutes ago, the Committee on Standards, said: "It accepts, as does the Commissioner, that there was no intention to deceive. It does not consider that these constitute serious breaches of the rules, but observes that because there was more than one error, the Commissioner acted rightly in referring the matter to them.

"The Committee also notes that Mr Cox, as Attorney General, is the chief Law Officer of the Crown, as well as being an experienced Member of the House, and therefore should set a good example by scrupulous observance of the rules.

"The Committee recommends that Mr Cox should at the earliest opportunity apologise in writing to the House, through the Committee, for having registered a financial interest late and for having, albeit unintentionally, supplied wrong information about the date at which the interest became registrable. The written apology, when received, will be published on the Committee’s website."



Jo Swinson, the leader of the Liberal Democrats, has started a Early Day Motion in the Commons, and has asked MPs to add their signature to it. It calls for no confidence in new prime minister Boris Johnson. 
The motion effectively acts as a petition, and is non-binding, as only the Opposition (Labour) has the power to table a motion of no confidence in the government. 
Labour have already steered away from making such a move - they want to do it when they have the best chance of success, which insiders view as the autumn months, if his Brexit deal is unacceptable, or a no deal is on the horizon.
So far, 12 MPs have added their name to Ms Swinson's EDM - all of them are Liberal Democrats.
This is from the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg
Here The Independent looks at which Tory MPs received arrived in Downing Street last night to be rewarded with cabinet posts 
Hardline Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg is about to address the Commons for the first time at the despatch box as leader of the House. He was appointed last night to Boris Johnson's new administration, and will attend cabinet meetings.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, says on Tuesday 3 September the Commons will return. On Friday 6 September, the House will not be sitting.
His opposite number attacks the appointment of Dominic Cummings as senior adviser to the new PM - after he was found in contempt of parliament. They say he should not be given a pass the House of Commons.
She says she will raise the issue of the imprisoned Iranian-British mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe every week until she is released by Tehran.
Rees-Mogg says "even he" can go online occasionally, to access parliament's rulebook, which is also available in hardback for £400. 
On recess, he says it is a matter for the House. "Though I do imagine it would be convenient for MPs to attend their party conferences," he adds.
The member for the 19th century says the new PM doesn't want to use "archaic mechanism" - met by loud laughter in the Commons.
Rees-Mogg also faced a shout of "resign" as he made his despatch box debut in the Commons.
"It's a bit early," he replied.
Quite alarming figures from Sutton Trust on make up of Boris Johnson's cabinet - 64% were privately educated, compared to 7% of population.
It's a greater proportion that May, Cameron, Brown and Blair administrations, the organisation says.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “Britain is an increasingly divided society. Divided by politics, by class, by geography. Social mobility, the potential for those to achieve success regardless of their background, remains low. Addressing this must be at the heart of our new Prime Minister’s tenure in Downing Street. 
“The make-up of Johnson’s cabinet underlines once again how unevenly spread the opportunities are to enter the elites. The key to improving social mobility at the top is to tackle financial barriers to entry, adopt contextual recruitment and admissions practices and, critically, to tackle social segregation in schools.”
One former cabinet minister seems to be thrilled about his recent decision to resign from the government.

Labour has refused to back a confidence vote in Boris Johnson amid pressure on Jeremy Corbyn to bring a challenge against the new prime minister.

Jo Swinson, the Liberal Democrat leader, tabled a no-confidence motion in Mr Johnson only hours after he entered No 10, which expresses alarm at the prime minister's enthusiasm for a no-deal Brexit.

The Lib Dem motion reads: "That this house has no confidence in the prime minister; rejects the option of the UK crashing out of the EU; and rejects the option of parliament being prorogued before Friday 8 November 2019."



Yes, Britain has a new prime minister. But more importantly, it has a new transport secretary. What can we expect from Grant Shapps, the man appointed by Boris Johnson to head up the Department for Transport? writes Jon Stone.

Shapps doesn't have the best reputation as a politician: he ran a get-rich-quick scheme under a false name, and was caught misleading the public about it.

Last year he resigned from a role at a property website after allegations of a "secret pay deal" worth up to £700,000. As a shadow minister he took donations from companies relevant to his portfolio, which some argued amounted to a conflict of interest.

New prime minister Boris Johnson is about to make his first statement to MPs after replacing Theresa May in Downing Street yesterday. It will also be the first opportunity for Jeremy Corbyn to face the new PM.
Johnson begins his statement by paying tribute to Theresa May - "she has a great legacy," he says.
Our mission is to deliver Brexit by 31 October, and making this country the "greatest place on earth" at the centre of new trade deals. "Our country will boast the most affordable power," he claims. 
"We will have closed forever the productivity gap - our kingdom in 2050 will make no contribution" to the destruction of the planet, he says through climate change commitments.
Johnson says there is far "too much negativity" around the country - he seems to be largely rehashing what he said yesterday on the steps of Downing Street. 
Meanwhile, a former PM and her sacked allies seems to be enjoying retirement 


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