South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has been promoted to Justice Secretary as part of Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle.
Truss has been serving as Environment Secretary but will now take over from Michael Gove who was sacked this morning.
The appointment means that Truss is the first female Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary.
Maldon MP John Whittingdale has left his role as Culture Secretary.
The 56-year-old tweeted that it had been a "privilege" to serve the government and wished his successor "every success".
Has been a privilege to serve as Culture Secretary. I wish my successor every success & will continue to support creative industries
New Prime Minister Theresa May is putting together her new cabinet this morning, with Michael Gove and Nicky Morgan among the other high-profile casualties.
The Essex MP Douglas Carswell has ruled out standing for the leadership of Ukip after the resignation of the current leader Nigel Farage.
As a parting shot to his former leader, the Clacton MP called for a change to the "tone and style" asking for the party to reinvent itself as a radical campaigner for change.
Ukip's only MP Douglas Carswell has questioned the 'nature and tone' of the party's campaigning following the resignation of its leader Nigel Farage.
Mr Carswell, the MP for Clacton, ruled out standing for the leadership himself.
Politics is an act of bringing of bringing people together, of drawing people together as one, not of dividing people.
If Ukip wants to be the agent for change, it needs to become New-kip. It needs to challenge itself and put a lot of distance between that angry nativist messaging that we saw of lot of during the referendum.
It's a very toxic, destructive counter-productive card to play and it's cynical.
Mr Carswell said credit was due to Mr Farage and others for campaigning for twenty years to get the EU referendum in the first place but added that it was no secret that that had fundamental differences about how to win votes.
Click to watch the full interview with Douglas Carswell by ITV News Anglia's Political Correspondent Emma Hutchinson
A Ukip councillor in Cambridgeshire says she is considering standing to take Nigel Farage's place as party leader.
Lisa Duffy, who is a councillor for Ramsey ward on Huntingdonshire District Council, said she is strongly considering running and will make her decision within 48 hours.
"I'll be looking at what my plan will be and what support I'm going to get. "The main consideration will be making sure it's the right thing for my family. It's not a job that comes without pressure. "Personally, right at this second, I'm more heading towards the not doing it but it's about making sure the support would be there in the party."
Douglas Carswell has told ITV News he will not stand to replace Nigel Farage as Ukip leader.
Asked whether he wanted to succeed Farage, Ukip's only member of Parliament replied: "Absolutely not - I couldn't possibly be a constituency MP, represent Ukip in the House of Commons, be a dad and lead a party."
Carswell, who has been locked in a feud with Farage, earlier tweeted a smiling emoji as news of the leader's decision to quit emerged.
Carswell admitted he and Farage had suffered "profound differences in opinion" over how the party should operate.
But he paid tribute to his former boss' role in convincing Britain to vote to leave the EU.
"For 20 years, Nigel stood at times almost alone in pushing for this referendum...we got the referendum and we won. Nigel played a key role in that and I think we should pay tribute to him."
Nigel Farage stood down as leader of the UK Independence Party on Monday. We take a closer look at the favourites to replace him.Read the full story ›
Nigel Farage, who is an MEP for part of the Anglia region, has stepped down as leader of the UK Independence Party.Read the full story ›
Clacton's UKIP MP has backed calls for parliament to make it clear EU citizens currently living in the UK are welcome here.
Douglas Carswell, an outspoken Vote Leave campaigner, is among more than 30 politicians, business leaders and academics who have signed a letter in the Sunday Telegraph today.
They say the reassurance "would also send a clear statement to the extreme minority – who appear to believe they have licence to attack and harass migrants – that the British public finds their views repugnant and unwelcome in our society".
"We would urge the government, opposition parties and every candidate standing to be the next Conservative Party leader – and hence Prime Minister – to make an unequivocal statement that EU migrants currently living in the UK are welcome here, and that changes would apply only to new migrants."
Reports of hate crimes across the country have increased since the decision to leave the EU in last month's referendum.
Police, politicians and education leaders have all warned of a zero-tolerance approach to hate crimes following the EU referendum result.Read the full story ›