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Cabinet reshuffle: South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss, who represents Thetford, becomes Foreign Secretary, while Suffolk MP Therese Coffey remains in role as work and pensions secretary




South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has been made the new Foreign Secretary by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The news has broken this afternoon and came after weeks of speculation about the future of incumbent Dominic Raab.

Ms Truss was elected as MP for South West Norfolk, the constituency which covers Thetford, in May 2010.

Liz Truss MP. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Liz Truss MP. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

Although she campaigned for Remain in the referendum she was rewarded with the position of International Trade Secretary by the PM in 2019 and has spent her time since securing new trade deals around the world.

She will also continue in her role as minister for women and equalities.

Mr Raab has been demoted to Justice Secretary but will also be deputy PM and lord chancellor.

With Priti Patel remaining as Home Secretary, it means two of the four 'great offices of state' are now occupied by a woman.

Ms Truss will be only the second woman to occupy the Foreign Secretary position, the first being Labour's Margaret Beckett under Tony Blair in 2006-7.

Meanwhile, Thérèse Coffey, MP for Suffolk Coastal, remains in her role as work and pensions secretary.

In other cabinet moves today, Gavin Williamson was sacked as Education Secretary, with former vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi replacing him, and Robert Jenrick replaced as Housing Secretary by Michael Gove.

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