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Heads roll as Theresa May continues her reshuffle of Government posts

Published 16/07/2016

Ros Altmann said her efforts to improve policy had been thwarted by 'short-term political considerations'
Ros Altmann said her efforts to improve policy had been thwarted by 'short-term political considerations'

Theresa May's Government reshuffle continued as a former minister quipped that sacked allies of David Cameron were like condemned prisoners sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Michael Gove ally Dominic Raab was the most high profile casualty on Saturday as the new Prime Minister continued to finalise her junior ministerial team after dramatically reshaping the Cabinet.

Mr Raab left his ministerial post at the Ministry of Justice, the department previously headed up by Mr Gove who lost his job in the Cabinet alongside the likes of George Osborne, Nicky Morgan and John Whittingdale.

As human rights minister, Mr Raab took the lead on controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act to replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

Former solicitor general Sir Oliver Heald was promoted to a minister of state role at the department.

Ex-foreign minister Hugo Swire said he was retiring to the backbenches and made a reference to tumbrils - carts used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

A day before leaving the Government, he tweeted: "Not a good time to be a Cameroon. The tumbrils are rolling again!"

On Saturday, Mr Swire tweeted a photo of the famous Looney Tunes cartoon sign-off "that's all folks!" and said: "I am retiring to the backbenches to join my friends.

"It's been an honour and a privilege to have served as a minister in the Government since 2010."

Julian Brazier said he was leaving his post as a defence minister.

He tweeted: "Leaving MoD. Privilege to work with our armed forces, regular & reserve. Theresa has my full support in the exciting agenda she has outlined."

Cabinet Office Minister John Penrose said he had been sacked.

He tweeted: "Alas I'm a casualty of the reshuffle. PM's vision right for the country though, so will keep supporting. Huge thanks to Cab. Off. team too!"

Meanwhile, Philip Dunne was moved from the Ministry of Defence to become a minister of state at Health.

Nick Hurd was moved from International Development to become a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Lord Price was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Trade.

Foreign Minister James Duddridge announced that he was also leaving the Government, having been in post since August 2014.

He tweeted: " Sad to be leaving a great team at the Foreign Office. More time in Southend and will also keep up with friends in Africa."

Caroline Dinenage said she was also leaving her post at the MoJ but would continue in Government at the Education department.

She tweeted: "Sad to be leaving my amazing team @MoJGovUK but excited about new challenges at @educationgovuk & continuing role with @WomenEqualities".

Former work and pensions secretary Justin Tomlinson suggested he had also left the Government, tweeting: "Today I shall enjoy the cricket and I will do all I can to support our fantastic new Government".

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