Theresa May appoints her first Cabinet as prime minister

Theresa May has begun appointing members of her first Cabinet as prime minister.

Here are the key appointments so far:

  • Philip Hammond has been appointed Chancellor
  • Boris Johnson has been appointed Foreign Secretary
  • Amber Rudd has been appointed Home Secretary
  • David Davis has been made Secretary of State for Brexit
  • Michael Fallon is to stay on as Defence Secretary
  • Liam Fox will be International Trade Secretary

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Brexiteers given key roles in May's government

Theresa May has made several key appointments to form her first Cabinet as prime minister.

Among them are key 'Brexiteers' - Boris Johnson (Foreign Secretary), Liam Fox (International Trade Secretary) and David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union) - who have all been given central roles.

ITV News National Editor Allegra Stratton reports:


Johnson 'excited' about new relationship with Europe

Boris Johnson has told ITV News he is excited to play a part in the UK's "new relationship with Europe and the world", after he was named foreign secretary in prime minister Theresa May's new cabinet.

When asked if he agreed he had a number of people to apologise to, including President Obama, the new foreign secretary of the UK said: "The United States of America will be at the front of the queue."

Johnson was accused of racism after he suggested during the Brexit campaign that Barack Obama may have an "ancestral dislike of the British empire" because of his heritage.

Boris: You could have knocked me down with a feather

Boris Johnson appeared surprised by his appointment as foreign secretary in Prime Minister Theresa May's Cabinet.

Being welcomed at the Foreign Office, he said: "You could have knocked me down with a feather."

He went on to say that he was "very, very surprised".


Osborne 'didn't resign, he was sacked' as Chancellor

George Osborne was chancellor under David Cameron. Credit: PA

George Osborne did not resign but was sacked as Chancellor by Prime Minister Theresa May, ITV News understands.

Philip Hammond was appointed as the new Chancellor of the Exchequer in Mrs May's cabinet earlier today.

A No 10 source has told ITV's Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship that the MP for Tatton did not resign as initially reported, but was dismissed from the role by Mrs May.

No 10: Cabinet appointments show PM committed to Brexit

The appointments of Boris Johnson, David Davis and Liam Fox in senior government roles show that Prime Minister Theresa May is committed to Brexit, Downing Street said.

he new Prime Minister, Theresa May, arrives at 10 Downing Street Credit: PA

Johnson has been appointed the new Foreign Secretary, along with Davis who was given the role of Brexit minister and Fox, who will lead a new department of International trade in the new cabinet. All three were prominent campaigners for Britain to leave the European Union.

No 10 also said that the appointments highlight how the new PM wants to unite the Conservative Party.

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