Downing Street has said on Thursday that Dominic Raab is still a key player in government despite the Prime Minister demoting him from Foreign Secretary to Justice Secretary on Wednesday.
During Boris Johnson’s reshuffle Robert Jenrick, Robert Buckland, Gavin WIliamson and Amanda Milling were all sacked from the Cabinet and kicked to the backbenches, but Raab still retains the role as deputy Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that Raab’s demotion was a “planned move” and that Johnson has continuing trust in him.
N.10 Downing Street’s spokesman said, “This formalises Dominic Raab’s position as the Prime Minister’s deputy, he will stand in for him at PMQs; it demonstrates his seniority within government and the trust the Prime Minister places with him.
“You can expect him to be involved in cross-governmental work when that is necessitated. It is clear he will play an important senior role in government.”
The former Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson was the first victim to be sacked under Johnson’s axe after his handling of the exams scandal.
Johnson wrote on Twitter, “The Cabinet I have appointed today will work tirelessly to unite and level up the whole country.
“We will build back better from the pandemic and deliver on your priorities.
“Now let’s get on with the job.”