How Liz Truss's Cabinet will look: Who is in and who is out

Kwasi Kwarteng, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Therese Coffey are all expected to be handed top jobs. Credit: PA

From the moment that Liz Truss was elected as Tory leader her team have been focused on two things intensively. 

Her next Chancellor and Business secretary- Kwasi Kwarteng and Jacob Rees-Mogg- have been working on a plan to tackle the energy crisis- with talks with industry starting straight away.

We expect their big intervention - particularly focused on getting people and businesses through this winter- on Thursday. We know this will cover consumers and businesses and be very expensive.

And a team led by the new PM's closest political ally Therese Coffey has been working on appointing the Cabinet and ministers.  

Sources tell me Truss has three key priorities in government: growing the economy, tackling the cost of living and energy crisis, and trying to reduce NHS backlogs, including the difficulty in getting appointments. 

So as well as the top appointments- the next critical one is Coffey herself who is going to health (and I believe deputy pm) and will start by addressing parliament next week about those backlogs- and not just hospital waiting lists but the difficulty in getting appointments. 

We also know that James Cleverly will be foreign secretary and Suella Braverman Home Secretary - plus - another critical role right now- Dept for work and pensions - will go to Chloe Smith. 

I now understand that Kit Malthouse will be education secretary.

Former leadership contender Penny Mordaunt is thought to be named the leader of the House of Commons. Credit: PA

Penny Mordaunt, who ran herself for the leadership, will become leader of the House of Commons- but as a full cabinet role (it used to be attending cabinet).

Priti Patel was offered a different role to Home Secretary but said if it wasn't keeping the job she'd step out for someone else. She does, however, promise to support Truss.  

As I wrote yesterday, there will be a real lack of Rishi Sunak supporters at the top table.

Truss's olive branch could extend to just Michael Ellis as a full cabinet member (attorney general perhaps) and Robert Jenrick - although it isn't clear if his role will be cabinet level nor whether he will accept. 

Sources tell me that they won't offer Sunak a job because "he's made clear he won't take one" and said that while plenty of his supporters would be offered ministerial positions they could be more junior.

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There is also talk of trouble at the Northern Ireland Office - with claims that more than one MP has turned the job down. 

Those on left of the party will think this is a one-sided right wing cabinet but most MPs - for now- will give Truss their support. 

But that can quickly change and this parliament is going to have a lot of big - and perhaps restless- beasts on the backbenches at a time of national crisis.