Boris Johnson Culls Ministers After Becoming Prime Minister

24 July 2019, 14:02 | Updated: 24 July 2019, 21:21

Boris Johnson enters Downing Street
Boris Johnson enters Downing Street. Picture: PA

Before Boris Johnson takes office several Ministers loyal to Theresa May have resigned.

Jeremy Hunt is leaving the Cabinet and his position as Foreign Secretary to return to the backbenches.

Leader of the House of Commons Mel Stride is returning to the backbenches.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes has left the Cabinet.

Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell has left the Cabinet.

Secretary of State for Housing James Brokenshire has resigned from his post.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds has resigned, saying it has been "the greatest privilege" to work for the Department of Education.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said he is leaving the government "at his own request".

Liam Fox has resigned and wrote a series of tweets saying he is proud to have served as Secretary of State for International Trade for the last three years.

Business Secretary Greg Clark resigned and tweeted that "it has been an honour to serve the country" in his role for the last three years.

Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt has tweeted that she is "heading to the backbenches" after 85 days in her role in the Ministry of Defence.

De facto Deputy Prime Minister David Roy Lidington has said after 20 years on the front bench he has decided to resign. He said on social media that he would quit when Theresa May offered her resignation to the Queen.

A source has confirmed Justice Secretary David Gauke has resigned from Government.

On Wednesday Philip Hammond announced his resignation as Chancellor ahead of Boris Johnson entering Downing Street.

He tweeted: "I have just handed in my resignation to @theresa_may. It has been a privilege to serve as her Chancellor of the Exchequer for the last three years."

Former International Development Secretary Rory Stewart resigned from the Cabinet, and earlier said Mrs May was "very, very dignified" as she chaired her final Cabinet meeting.

Theresa May addressed the nation, before attending Buckingham Palace where she offeredher resignation to the Queen.

Earlier she bid an emotional farewell to the House of Commons as Prime Minister.

She described the link between politicians and their constituents as "the bedrock" of British democracy.