Downing Street confirms Boris Johnson will reshuffle his Cabinet

A cabinet reshuffle will take place this afternoon, Downing Street has confirmed.

Amid intense speculation about which ministers will be losing their jobs, Number 10 says the reshuffle will help the country ‘build back better.’

Boris Johnson has been reluctant to change his top team since becoming PM in 2019 and a shake-up has been long expected.

But it is understood he’s due to make a number of new appointments in the coming hours.

‘The PM will today conduct a reshuffle to put in place a strong and united team to build back better from the pandemic,’ A No 10 source said.

‘Yesterday, the PM set out his plan for managing Covid during the autumn and winter.

‘But the Government must also redouble our efforts to deliver on the people’s priorities.

‘The PM will be appointing ministers this afternoon with a focus on uniting and levelling up the whole country.’

In the run-up to the reshuffle, the rumour mill has focused on the futures of senior ministers including Dominic Raab, Priti Patel and Gavin Williamson.

Mr Raab was criticised for being on holiday as the Taliban seized control in Afghanistan, potentially delaying efforts to evacuate thousands of British citizens and interpreters who helped western forces in the country.

Ms Patel’s job is apparently on the line as she’s seen to have made little progress in stopping thousands of migrants getting into Britain via small boats in the English Channel.

But she was present on the front bench as Boris Johnson took part in Prime Minister’s Questions, while Mr Raab was absent.

Mr Williamson was also not in the Commons and sources in his Education Department say he has already given a leaving speech.

The minister has presided over a series of disasters including the handling of A-Level and GCSE exams amidst the Covid pandemic.

He most recently embarrassingly confused the footballer Marcus Rashford with rugby player Maro Itoje.

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