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Boris Johnson will undertake a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, amid growing expectations at Westminster that he will do a major overhaul of his senior ministerial team.
Several key figures in the British government are expected to be sacked or transferred to new posts, including the education secretary Gavin Williamson. It is also speculated that Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, Interior Minister Priti Patel and Cabinet Minister Michael Gove will be appointed to various government posts.
Johnson last reconfigured his cabinet in February last year after the UK formally left the EU.
But many of the most senior ministers have not changed their post since he became prime minister in July 2019.
A senior insider in Downing Street confirmed that Johnson would make the long-awaited cabinet shuffle on Wednesday to “set up a strong and united team to better rebuild the pandemic”.
“The prime minister will appoint ministers this afternoon, focusing on the unification and equality of the whole country,” the insider added.
The cabinet reshuffle is expected to begin after questions from the prime minister in the lower house.
One Johnson ally said the new cabinet would be formed Wednesday afternoon, with more junior ministerial appointments being made Thursday and Friday.