13 February 2020 19:50
Boris Johnson is this morning announcing a reshuffle of his cabinet. The Prime Minister intends to "promote a generation of talent" in a reshuffle aimed at preparing the Tories for the future. Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Julian Smith, was the first minister to be dumped on Thursday morning. His axing comes just weeks after brokering a deal which restored the powersharing administration in Stormont. Senior cabinet members and ministers such as Home Secretary Priti Patel, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Chancellor Sajid Javid are expected to remain in place.
Downing Street has also confirmed that Grant Shapps will stay on as Transport Secretary. A Number 10 source told the Press Association: "The Prime Minister wants this reshuffle to set the foundations for government now and in the future. "He wants to promote a generation of talent that will be promoted further in the coming years. "He will reward those MPs who have worked hard to deliver on this Government's priorities to level up the whole country and deliver the change people voted for last year." We will have all the latest updates, changes and appointments in our live blog below.