Dominic Raab will hold taking part in an “necessary senior position” within the authorities regardless of being moved in Boris Johnson’s cupboard reshuffle, Downing Avenue has stated.
He was additionally given the title of deputy prime minister, which some interpreted as an try by the prime minister to placate Mr Raab.
Quantity 10 insisted on Thursday that the change was a “deliberate transfer” and Mr Raab’s new title demonstrating Mr Johnson’s persevering with belief in him.
However the prime minister’s spokesman wouldn’t touch upon studies the previous overseas secretary had resisted the transfer throughout tense talks with Mr Johnson on reshuffle day.
“This formalises Dominic Raab’s place because the prime minister’s deputy – he’ll stand in for him at PMQs; it demonstrates his seniority inside authorities and the belief the prime minister locations with him,” the spokesman stated.
“You possibly can count on him to be concerned in cross-governmental work when that’s necessitated. It’s clear he’ll play an necessary senior position in authorities.”
Mr Raab got here in for heavy criticism for his dealing with of the disaster in Afghanistan, together with for being on vacation as Kabul fell to the Taliban.
Having shaken up his prime staff on Wednesday – together with sacking Gavin Williamson as training secretary and Robert Buckland’s departure as justice secretary – the prime minister is continuing to change his junior and middle-ranking ministers.
Penny Mordaunt has been appointed as minister of state on the Division for Worldwide Commerce, whereas John Whittingdale is not a media minister.
Elsewhere, Greg Arms has been moved from worldwide commerce minister to develop into a enterprise minister, Kemi Badenoch is now each a housing minister and a Overseas Workplace minister and Nick Gibb – who has held the colleges temporary each as a minister and shadow minister for greater than a decade – has been faraway from his submit.