Gavin Williamson, Robert Buckland and Robert Jenrick have all been sacked from the government as Boris Johnson makes wholesale changes to his administration.
And in a highly significant move, Dominic Raab has been demoted from the great office of state of Foreign Secretary, taking Mr Buckland’s previous roles of Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor, as well as gaining the title of Deputy Prime Minister.
Liz Truss has been appointed as Raab’s replacement at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, with Downing Street also confirming she will remain in her current post as equalities minister.
Confirming his departure in a statement on social media, Gavin Williamson said it “has been a privilege to serve as Education Secretary” and that he looks “forward to continuing to support the Prime Minister and the Government”.
His departure has come just days after his public humiliation for mixing up Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford with England rugby star Maro Itoje in an interview with the Evening Standard.
Later on Wednesday it was announced that Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi would be replacing Williamson at education.
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has also been removed from his positions as Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary. Both will return to the Conservative backbenches.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick also confirmed on Twitter he had departed his current role. Michael Gove has been confirmed as his replacement, with former Brexit minister Stephen Barclay coming into Gove’s former role as the Duchy of Lancaster and Cabinet Office minister.
Later on Wednesday it was also confirmed that co-chairman of the Conservative Party had also been sacked from her role. In a statement on social media, Milling thanked the “voluntary party and the team at CCHQ” for their support and pledged to continue working on the party’s plans to level up Britain.
Former culture secretary Oliver Dowden has been moved to party chair, whilst Nadine Dorries takes Mr Dowden’s former role.
Home Secretary Priti Patel was rumoured to be under pressure at the Home Office, however it appears she will remain in post for the forseeable, as will Rishi Sunak at the Treasury.
This is a developing story and will be updated.