DEPUTY Prime Minister Dominic Raab admits he will become a high-profile casualty in Liz Truss’s new look top team.
Raab, who is also Justice Secretary, is fully expecting to be pushed out from his frontline roles as the new government is formed from later today.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab admits he will become a high-profile casualty in Liz Truss’s new look top team
He is fully expecting to be pushed out from his frontline roles as Miss Truss’s new government is formed from later today
The cabinet minister, who backed Rishi Sunak, declared his support for Miss Truss after her win but added he is “certainly not expecting to be given an appointment”.
Mr Raab, who introduced Sunak on stage at his campaign launch, said her plans to prioritise tax cuts over handouts over energy crisis help for those on the lowest incomes was “an electoral suicide note”.
Meanwhile, Priti Patel will step down as Home Secretary today, saying it had been an “honour” to serve in the role.
The cabinet minister will relinquish the role following a surge in the number of Channel-crossing migrants in recent months – with no one deported to Rwanda under a much-hyped plan.
Patel vowed to fully back new leader Liz Truss from the backbenches with current Attorney General Suella Braverman expected to head to the Home Office.
But she said she will not remain silent in her new role.
She said: “I will champion many of the policies and causes I have stood up for both inside and outside of government.”
The decision marked the beginning of resignations and departures from government as Liz Truss maps out her new Cabinet and junior ranks.
Boris Johnson loyalist Nigel Adams, who has been tipped to go to the House of Lords, also stepped down from his Minister without Portfolio role.
In a letter to Mr Johnson, he wrote: “One thing for sure is that there has never been a dull moment along the way and I am honoured to call you my friend.”