More out than in so far on Theresa May’s second morning in charge

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Boris Johnson practising international diplomacy.

PERHAPS she had been out celebrating as the new Prime Minister didn’t arrive at 10 Downing Street until around noon on July 14 and it turned out to be ‘High Noon’ for some including the man who tried to upstage BoJo (who ended up with the FO), Michael Gove who some would say has been treated with the contempt he deserves by being banished to the back benches.

Also finding no room at the inn so far today are Nicky Morgan, the former Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality who has tweeted her disappointment at the decision, and Oliver Letwin former Cabinet Office Minister who was perhaps seen as one of the ‘rich kids’ alongside Cameron and Osborne, so his departure comes as no particular surprise.

John Whittingdale former Culture Secretary inspired a soon to be deleted tweet from a BBC journalist saying how delighted he was to see Mr Whittingdale sacked and it is rumoured that the junior doctor’s favourite politician Jeremy Hunt will be retained in Government but not as Health Minister which might allow for a sensible and peaceful settlement.

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Theresa Villiers was removed from the post of Northern Ireland Secretary and offered a different post which she has chosen to decline so leaves the Cabinet.

New appointments are not terribly earthshattering although there are a couple of promoted women amongst their ranks.

Liz Truss is promoted to the role of Justice Secretary to replace Michael Gove whilst Justine Greening becomes Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities. 

David Cameron’s former parliamentary private secretary Gavin Williamson becomes Chief Whip and may sit in the Cabinet whilst Patrick McLoughlin becomes Conservative Party Chairman.

There are still plenty of high profile cabinet roles which have not been filled including Energy Secretary, Culture Secretary, Cabinet Office Minister, Health Secretary, Environment Secretary International Development Secretary and Transport Secretary.

Our US friends don’t seem too happy about the appointment of the new Foreign Secretary especially as he recently wrote an article about President Obama which included the observation that he is  “incoherent, inconsistent and downright hypocritical … a part-Kenyan President.”

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