BORIS Johnson is poised to finally reshuffle his Cabinet today following weeks of fevered speculation about which ministers are for the chop.
The PM is expected to overhaul his top team this afternoon in a long-awaited shake-up that will see big beasts turfed out of their jobs.
Embattled Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab are among top Tories widely tipped for demotion or outright sacking.
Ambitious MPs desperate to climb the ladder were standing by their phones this morning as the Westminster rumour mill went into overdrive.
For weeks the PM has dangled the prospect of a reshuffle to whip rebellious MPs into line for a series of crunch votes.
Now – as he looks to reset his premiership with the annual Conservative Party conference in a few weeks – it appears the reshuffle is finally on.
Read our Boris Johnson live blog below for the latest updates…
- Natasha Clark
PLOTTING THE SHUFFLE
Here is the PM last night at The Sun's Who Cares Wins awards.
Is he thinking carefully about which ministers he's going to ditch?
- Jack Elsom
GAVIN FOR THE CHOP?
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has been widely tipped for demotion – or outright sacking – for months.
Branded "gaffe-a-day Gavin" by his critics, the top minister was blasted for the chaotic exams fiasco last year and the hated school bubbles.
More recently he found himself in hot water for confusing Marcus Rashford with Maro Itoje.
But only last week the Prime Minister hailed his "heroic job in difficult circumstances" during the pandemic.
- Jack Elsom
WHAT HAPPENS IN A CABINET RESHUFFLE
Boris Johnson is expected to launch his reshuffle this afternoon after his weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions.
He will likely begin by sacking ministers in his office in the House of Commons to spare them the embarrassment of walking past the cameras in Downing Street.
Then he will return to No10 for the rest of the day to call in ministers one by one as he forms his Cabinet.
It will likely run late into the evening and junior appointments will still be made tomorrow.
- Joseph Gamp
PM WARNED UK AT 'PIVOT POINT' OVER COVID
Boris Johnson was urged to go hard and early if the pandemic significantly worsens by his chief scientific adviser as the Prime Minister detailed his plan to deal with coronavirus in the difficult months ahead.
Sir Patrick Vallance on Tuesday said the nation is at a "pivot point" and told ministers to react swiftly if cases quickly rise, warning "you can't wait until it's late because you've got to do more".
The Prime Minister published his plan to first use further vaccinations, and if needed resort to mandatory vaccination passports, masks and work from home guidance, to avoid lockdowns during autumn and winter.
He appealed to the five million people who have not taken up the offer of a Covid-19 vaccine to finally get the jab in an effort to avoid tougher restrictions over the winter.
- Joseph Gamp
BORIS JOHNSON CABINET RESHUFFLE COULD START THIS AFTERNOON
Westminster insiders are bracing themselves for Boris Johnson to start a highly-anticipated cabinet reshuffle as soon as this afternoon.
The prime minister avoided questions yesterday when he was quizzed about speculation of an impending shake-up of his top team.
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