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Boris Johnson will on Wednesday embark on a reshuffle of his cabinet, amid rising expectations at Westminster that he will carry out a major shake-up of his senior ministerial team.
Several key figures in the UK government are expected to be sacked or moved into new roles, including education secretary Gavin Williamson. There is also speculation that foreign secretary Dominic Raab, home secretary Priti Patel and Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove will be appointed to different government positions.
Johnson last reconfigured his cabinet in February last year after the UK formally exited the EU.
But many of the most senior ministers have not changed their positions since he became prime minister in July 2019.
A senior Downing Street insider confirmed that Johnson would conduct the long-awaited cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday to “to put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic”.
“The PM will be appointing ministers this afternoon with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country,” added the insider.
The cabinet reshuffle is expected to begin after prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons.
One ally of Johnson said that the new cabinet would be formed on Wednesday afternoon, with more junior ministerial appointments made on Thursday and Friday.