Boris Johnson to hold first Cabinet meeting

Boris Johnson gave his first speech as PM yesterday

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Boris Johnson's newly-appointed Cabinet will meet for the first time this morning.

Last night, Britain's new Prime Minister revealed who would be in his top team after mounting speculation.

New appointments include arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg as Commons leader, and former leadership contender Dominic Raab as Foreign Secretary.

Unusually, Downing Street said that Mr Rees-Mogg would not be a full Cabinet member, although he will attend Cabinet meetings.

Mr Johnson promised that he would appoint a woman, and there are now seven in his Cabinet.

Priti Patel, another ardent Brexiteer, who has previously advocated the return of capital punishment, was made Home Secretary.

More than half of Theresa May's Cabinet was sacked - or decided to quit under Boris Johnson.

Mr Johnson's leadership rival Jeremy Hunt was offered a demotion from Foreign Secretary to Defence Secretary, which he refused to accept.

He explained in a tweet that he would be returning to the backbenches, writing: "I've been a cabinet minister for every hour my three gorgeous children have been alive.

"So whilst it may seem strange for someone who just tried to become PM (& is a terrible cliche) I have decided now is the time for the biggest challenge of all - to be a GOOD DAD!".

Following the meeting of the top team today, Mr Johnson will address MPs for the first time as Prime Minister in a Commons statement, expected to be long on optimism, setting out his plans for government.

He is also expected to continue with middle-ranking and junior ministerial appointments.

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