Boris Johnson has joked with his new-look Cabinet as he held the first meeting of top ministers since he overhauled government with a wide-ranging reshuffle.
He told a room of senior Tories that he was delivering a "half-time pep talk" for levelling-up the country and urged them to redouble their efforts in their new roles.
"This is the moment when we spit out the orange peel, we adjust our gum shields and our scrum caps," he said.
"And we get out on to the pitch in the knowledge that we're going to have to do it together and we're going to have to do it as a team."
It was an up-beat Cabinet meeting with Mr Johnson making jokes and using metaphors, however it may have been uncomfortable for former foreign secretary Dominic Raab to sit beside his replacement Liz Truss.
But one joke about the prime minister's numerous children had the whole room laughing.
"I'm just thinking about delivery, I've seen a few delivery rooms, probably seen as many delivery rooms as anybody in this room... apart from the exception of Jacob (Rees-Mogg)," he said.
"I know that delivery normally involves a superhuman effort by at least one person in the room. But there are plenty of other people in that room who are absolutely indispensable to that successful outcome."
Mr Johnson's wife Carrie is pregnant with their second child but he refuses to say how many children he has, while Mr Rees-Mogg has six children.
PM: 'I've seen a few delivery rooms, probably seen as many delivery rooms as anybody...'
Social media users were angry to see how none of those in attendance were wearing a face covering, despite recent government guidance around using them.
The advice states masks should be considered when in crowded indoor settings with people they don't normally meet.
The government has on numerous occasions, including after PMQs, justified Tories choosing not to wear masks, saying they are not necessary because the MPs meet each other regularly.
Notable absentees at the Cabinet meeting were former education secretary Gavin Williamson, who was replaced by Nadhim Zahawi, and Robert Jenrick and Robert Buckland who were also removed from government.
The PM is expected to make further changes to his Cabinet on Friday, with a number of junior ministerial appointments likely to be made.
Boris Johnson's new-look Cabinet in full (so far):
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke
Financial Secretary to the Treasury Lucy Frazer
Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury Helen Whately
- Foreign Office
Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss
Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Amanda Milling
Minister of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, jointly with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office Kemi Badenoch
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Vicky Ford
- Home Office
Home Secretary Priti Patel
Minister of State Kit Malthouse
Minister of State, and Minister for Security and Borders Damian Hinds
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Rachel Maclean
- Cabinet Office:
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office Stephen Barclay
Minister of State Lord David Frost
COP26 President Alok Sharma
Minister without Portfolio Oliver Dowden
Minister of State Nigel Adams
Paymaster General Michael Ellis
- Ministry of Justice
Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor, and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab
Minister of State Kit Malthouse (jointly with the Home Office)
Minister of State, and Minister for the Afghan resettlement scheme and Operation Warm Welcome Victoria Atkins
Parliamentary Under Secretary James Cartlidge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly at the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice Tom Pursglove
- Ministry of Defence
Secretary of State for Defence Ben Wallace
- Department for International Trade
Secretary of State for International Trade, and President of the Board of Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan
Minister of State Penny Mordaunt
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Mike Freer
- Department of Health and Social Care
Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Minister of State Gillian Keegan
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Maria Caulfield
- Department for Work and Pensions
Work and Pensions Secretary Dr Thérèse Coffey
Minister of State Chloe Smith
Parliamentary Under Secretary David Rutley
- Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng
Minister of State Greg Hands
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, and Government Whip Lee Rowley
- Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government
Housing Secretary Michael Gove
Minister of State Kemi Badenoch
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Neil O’Brien
- Department for Education
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi
Minister of State Michelle Donelan
Minister of State Robin Walker
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Alex Burghart
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Will Quince
- Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Nadine Dorries
Minister of State Julia Lopez
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Chris Philip
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Environment Secretary George Eustice
Minister of State Victoria Prentis
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Jo Churchill
- Department for Transport
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Trudy Harrison
- Northern Ireland Office
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis
Minister of State Conor Burns
- Scotland Office
Scotland Secretary Alister Jack
- Wales Office
Wales Secretary Simon Hart
- Office of Leader of the House of Lords
Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
- Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Lord President of the Council, and Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg
- House of Commons Whips
Chief Whip Mark Spencer
Junior Lords of the Treasury
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) Lee Rowley
Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) Amanda Solloway
- Law Officers
Attorney General Suella Braverman
Solicitor General Alex Chalk
- The following have left government
Gavin Williamson – previously education secretary
Robert Jenrick – previously housing secretary
Robert Buckland – previously lord chancellor and justice secretary
Nick Gibb – previously schools minister
John Whittingdale – previously culture minister
Jesse Norman – previously financial secretary to the Treasury
Caroline Dinenage – previously culture minister
Luke Hall – previously housing minister
Justin Tomlinson – previously work and pensions minister
Graham Stuart – previously a parliamentary under secretary at the Department for International Trade
James Duddridge – previously a parliamentary under secretary at the Foreign Office
Matt Warman – previously a parliamentary under secretary at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
David Duguid – previously parliamentary under secretary at the Scotland Office, and Assistant Government Whip