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Boris lands Foreign Office as Osborne is given the boot

By PA Political Staff

Published 14/07/2016

‘Very proud’: Boris Johnson
‘Very proud’: Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson made a sensational return to frontline politics yesterday as Theresa May's Foreign Secretary, less than two weeks after quitting the battle to become Prime Minister.

Mrs May's first night in No 10 saw a flurry of key appointments. She wasted little time in getting rid of George Osborne - whose career was inextricably linked to Mr Cameron's fortunes - as Chancellor, replacing him with her ally Philip Hammond, who campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU.

Within hours of taking over, she had also appointed a number of leading Brexiteers to her new cabinet, among them David Davis, in the newly created Brexit Secretary position, and former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who was named as International Trade Secretary.

Michael Fallon, who backed Mrs May to become Prime Minister at an early stage, stayed on as Defence Secretary.

The new Home Secretary is Amber Rudd, who was a loud voice for Remain during the EU referendum and who appeared to support the new Prime Minister over her own Junior Minister, Andrea Leadsom, in the race for the Tory leadership.

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers, meanwhile is expected to learn her fate at some point later today.

Brexit campaigner Mr Johnson's elevation to one of the four Great Offices of State shocked many observers.

Just two weeks ago, he was mocked by Mrs May on the same day he quit the leadership race for buying still unused German water cannon for riot control in London without her permission as Home Secretary.

Speaking after his appointment, Mr Johnson told BBC News: "Obviously very, very humbled, very, very proud to be offered this chance.

"I think Theresa made a wonderful speech this afternoon about her ambitions for the country and how she saw the Conservative Government taking Britain forward.

"I completely agree with her sentiments and about opportunity, about giving people better life chances.

"Clearly, we have a massive opportunity in this country to make a great success of our relationship with Europe and with the world, and I'm very excited to be asked to play a part in that."

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