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Boris Johnson appointed UK foreign secretary in Theresa May's Cabinet

  • Chancellor: Philip Hammond
  • Foreign: Boris Johnson
  • Home: Amber Rudd
  • Defence: Michael Fallon
  • Brexit: David Davis
  • Trade: Liam Fox

Boris Johnson has been appointed foreign secretary, Downing Street has said.

Johnson ignored reporters' questions when he left Downing Street having been appointed Foreign Secretary. Instead he just waved as he climbed into a ministerial car and was driven away.

In Theresa May's first appointment as Prime Minister, the former Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond was named as next Chancellor of the Exchequer. George Osborne, whose career was inextricably linked with Mr Cameron's fortunes, has left government amid claims he was sacked.

The former Secretary of State for Energy Amber Rudd was appointed as the new Home Secretary.  Defence minister Michael Fallon will retain his post.

The announcements come less than two hours after Mrs May succeeded David Cameron in No 10 with a promise to create "a country that works for everyone".

Mrs May had made clear earlier this week that she believed there were shortcomings in the Government's record.

In a speech in Downing Street on taking office as the UK's second female Prime Minister, she said that the decisions of her administration would be driven not by the interests of "the privileged few" but those of voters struggling with the pressures of modern life.

Stressing her determination to preserve the Union between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the premier promised she would "rise to the challenge" of negotiating exit from the European Union and forge a "bold new positive role" for Britain in the world.

But her strongest message was of her intention to serve as a "One Nation" Conservative PM acting on behalf of all voters, not just the Tories' traditional supporters in the comfortable suburbs and shires, and the world of business.

In a direct message to voters, she said: "I know you are working around the clock, I know you are doing your best and I know that sometimes life can be a struggle.

"The Government I lead will be driven not by the interests of the privileged few but by yours. We will do everything we can to give you more control over your lives."

 

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