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Esther McVey returns to the back benches

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Tatton MP Esther McVey is to return to the back benches, following prime minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle.

Ms McVey posted on Twitter this morning, saying: “I’m very sorry to be relieved of my duties as Housing Minister.”

She added: “I wish my successor the very best and every success.

“I’m very grateful to the prime minister for having given me the opportunity to serve in his government and he will continue to have my support from the back benches.”

 


 


 

Ms McVey resigned her former cabinet role as work and pensions secretary in November 2018 under Theresa May’s government, following disagreement over the government’s Brexit strategy.

She ran in the most recent Conservative party leadership race, but was knocked out after failing to secure sufficient backing from her fellow MPs.

Ms McVey returned to cabinet in July 2019, after Boris Johnson became prime minister and appointed her minister of state for housing and planning.

Other big names to have lost their cabinet jobs today include Andrea Leadsom (another former leadership contender) and Sajid David who has resigned as chancellor following reports of a rift between Number 10 and Number 11.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who attended cabinet, has also been asked to resign.

 

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