UK Politics

Boris Johnson appointing more new ministers

Lucy Frazer, Kit Malthouse and Thérèse Coffey Image copyright UK Parliament
Image caption Lucy Frazer, Kit Malthouse and Thérèse Coffey have all been promoted in Boris Johnson's government

Boris Johnson is appointing more ministers to his new government in his first full day as the UK's PM.

Kit Malthouse has become policing minister - making him responsible for Mr Johnson's pledge of recruiting 20,000 extra officers.

Nigel Adams has been confirmed as a culture minister and Lucy Frazer has joined the Ministry of Justice.

But former Brexit minister Steve Baker turned down a return to the Department for Exiting the European Union.

The pro-Leave Tory said he could not "repeat [his] experience of powerlessness" in the role.

The reshuffle is expected to continue into Friday.

The new appointments follows a huge overhaul of the cabinet positions in the hours after Mr Johnson took over at No 10 on Wednesday.

More than half of Theresa May's secretaries of state - including Mr Johnson's leadership rival Jeremy Hunt - quit or were fired and replaced.

New appointees included former leadership contender Sajid Javid as chancellor, and leading Brexiteers Dominic Raab and Priti Patel as foreign secretary and home secretary.

Thursday's appointments are for more junior positions - meaning they will not attend the weekly cabinet meetings in Downing Street - but they will still have responsibility for specific policy areas, such as rail and prisons.

Who is in or out?

Other new appointments include:

  • Thérèse Coffey - promoted within Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • George Eustice - environment minister
  • Conor Burns - international trade minister
  • Chris Pincher and Andrew Stephenson - foreign ministers
  • Chris Skidmore - health minister
  • Chris Heaton Harris - transport minister

Ministers remaining in their posts include:

  • Jesse Norman - financial secretary to the Treasury
  • Nick Gibb - schools minister
  • Mark Lancaster - defence minister
  • Andrew Murrison - foreign and international development minister
  • Justin Tomlinson - work and pensions minister
  • Caroline Dinenage - health minister

And those who have lost their jobs include:

  • Stephen Hammond - health minister
  • George Hollingbery - international trade minister
  • Harriett Baldwin - foreign and international development minister

Mr Johnson held his first cabinet meeting on Thursday morning with his senior team, who he said had all committed to leaving the EU on or before 31 October, "no ifs, no buts".

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Media captionBoris Johnson says Britain would be “clean, green, prosperous, united, confident and ambitious”.

This was followed by his first statement as prime minister to the Commons, where he outlined some of his key policies.

Much of the speech focused on Brexit, and how his government would throw itself into negotiations with energy, with no-deal planning a "top priority".

He also said EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights protected, although Downing Street was unable to confirm if there would be any new laws to underpin the commitment.

And he underlined his pledge to remove the backstop - a mechanism to avoid physical checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in case of a no-deal Brexit - from any withdrawal agreement.

But after Mr Johnson's appearance at the dispatch box, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said eliminating the backstop was "unacceptable".

The EU Commission's President, Jean-Claude Juncker, also underlined the EU's position in a call with Mr Johnson, saying the withdrawal agreement negotiated between the bloc and Mrs May was "the best and only agreement possible" for Brexit.

A No 10 spokesman said Mr Johnson told him he would be "energetic in pursuit of finding a way forward", but that the way to a deal goes by way of the abolition of the backstop.

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Media captionJeremy Corbyn gives a warning to the people who will "lose out" in a no-deal Brexit.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the country was "deeply worried the new prime minister overestimates himself".

Replying to Mr Johnson in the Commons, he added: "People do not trust this prime minister to make the right choices for the majority of the people in this country when he's also promising tax giveaways to the richest of big business - his own party's funders [a policy Mr Johnson proposed during the leadership campaign]".