Yesterday evening, following her first speech as prime minister on the steps of Downing Street, Liz Truss began forming her first Cabinet. Please see below for the roles to-date and expect more over the coming hours/days.

Cabinet:

  • Therese Coffey has been promoted to Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, from the role of Work and Pensions Secretary – she served as parliamentary campaign manager for Truss’ leadership bid
  • Kwasi Kwarteng has been promoted to Chancellor of the Exchequer, from the role of Business Secretary
  • Suella Braverman, a former leadership rival, has been promoted to Home Secretary, from the role of Attorney General
  • James Cleverly has been promoted to Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth Affairs, from the role of Education Secretary
  • Nadhim Zahawi has been made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Minister for Intergovernmental Relations and Minister for Equalities, from the role of Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg has been promoted to Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, from the role of Brexit Minister
  • Simon Clarke has been promoted to Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, from the role of Chief Secretary to the Treasury
  • Ben Wallace has been re-appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Defence
  • Brandon Lewis has been promoted to Secretary of State for Justice (and Lord Chancellor) from the backbenches, after having served as Northern Ireland Secretary before resigning in July in protest to Johnson’s leadership
  • Chloe Smith has been promoted to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, from the role of DWP Disabilities Minister
  • Kemi Badenoch, former leadership rival, has been promoted to Secretary of State for International Trade (and President of the Board of Trade) from the backbenches, after having served as Communities Minister and Equalities Minister before resigning in July
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been made Secretary of State for Transport, from the role of Trade Secretary
  • Kit Malthouse has been made Secretary of State for Education, from the role of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Michelle Donelan has been promoted to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from the backbenches, after having served as Education Secretary for 36 hours before resigning in July to trigger Johnson’s downfall
  • Ranil Jayawardena has been promoted to Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from the role of Trade Minister
  • Alister Jack has been re-appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Sir Robert Buckland has been re-appointed to the post of Secretary of State for Wales
  • Chris Heaton-Harris has been promoted to Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, from the role of Chief Whip
  • Penny Mordaunt, another former leadership rival, has been promoted to Leader of the House of Commons (and Lord President of the Privy Council), from the role of Trade Minister
  • Lord True has been promoted to Leader of the House of Lords (and Lord Privy Seal), from the role of Cabinet Office Minister
  • Alok Sharma has been re-appointed to COP26 President
  • Jake Berry has been promoted to Minister without Portfolio (and Conservative party chair) from the backbenches – he previously served as Northern Powerhouse Minister under both Cameron and May, before stepping down in 2020

Also attending Cabinet:

  • Wendy Morton has been promoted to Chief Whip, from the role of Transport Minister
  • Michael Ellis has been promoted to Attorney General – a post he covered while Braverman was on maternity leave – from the role of Paymaster General and Cabinet Office Minister
  • Chris Philp has been promoted to Chief Secretary to the Treasury from the backbenches – he recently served as Tech Minister before resigning in July in protest of Johnson’s leadership
  • Edward Argar has been promoted to Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office, from the role of Health Minister
  • Vicky Ford has been promoted to Minister for Development, from the role of Minister for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Tom Tugendhat has been promoted to Minister for Security – his first ever government post – from the backbenches, where we was also chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee
  • James Heappey has been re-appointed Minister for the Armed Forces and will also add responsibility for Veterans
  • Graham Stuart has been promoted to Minister for Climate, from the role of Minister for Europe

There will be further ministerial appointments made throughout the rest of the week, as Truss’ first Government takes shape, and we will keep you updated with the key movements when they are finalised.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.