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Cabinet reshuffle 2021 LIVE: Dominic Raab demoted & replaced by Liz Truss, Williamson is AXED and Zahawi promoted

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BORIS Johnson has wielded the axe in a brutal Cabinet reshuffle that today saw Dominic Raab demoted and Gavin Williamson fired.

Embattled Mr Raab accepted a humiliating shunting from Foreign to Justice Secretary following a terse meeting with the PM this afternoon.

To soften the blow Mr Johnson gave him the job title as Deputy PM, a symbolic promotion from his current role as First Secretary of State.

Liz Truss was promoted as his replacement in the Foreign Office, meaning – with Priti Patel – two of the top four jobs in Government are held by women.

Mr Williamson was widely expected to be removed as Education Secretary following a pandemic beset by endless fiascoes with schools and PR disasters.

He was replaced by rising star Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi, whose job was invented during the pandemic.

The PM is overhauling his top team in a long-awaited shake-up ahead of the Conservative Party conference in a few weeks.

Ambitious MPs desperate to climb the ladder were standing by their phones as the Westminster rumour mill went into overdrive.

For weeks the PM has dangled the prospect of a reshuffle to whip rebellious MPs into line for a series of crunch votes.

Now – as he looks to get back on the front foot following a bruising few months – the reshuffle is finally on.

Read our Boris Johnson live blog below for the latest updates…

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