Cabinet reshuffle: Esther McVey sacked as housing minister

Tatton MP Esther McVey has been sacked as housing minister, as part of a reshuffle of Boris Johnson's cabinet.

Ms McVey said she was "very sorry" to be "relieved of her duties" as housing minister.

In a tweet she said, "I'm very grateful to the Prime Minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government."

Julian Smith was the first casualty of the Cabinet reshuffle after being fired as Northern Ireland secretary.

His sacking was swiftly followed by that of universities minister Chris Skidmore, who joked that he'd been promoted "to be a better dad" thanks to the reshuffle.

Andrea Leadsom, who lost her job as business secretary, tweeted saying "it has been a real privilege to serve in Government for the last six years".