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…
Labour boss Sir Keir Starmer wants to focus on Universal Credit today – as he’s got a key debate later on the same issue.
The opposition are pushing on ministers to keep the extra £20 a week boost which was put in place during the pandemic – but the PM is standing firm.
Sir Keir skewers him over the benefits shake-up, saying millions will be hit hard by the cut.
The PM raises the harsh taper rate for those on Universal Credit too, which take chunks out of income.
CHEERS FOR PM
Boris arrives in the chamber to cheers in the chamber.
Several MPs offer him their condolences on the sad death of his mum, Charlotte, earlier this week.
The PM is flanked by his Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and Priti Patel, the Home Secretary.
On the other side is Jacob Rees Mogg, the Commons leader.
Does that mean they’re safe?
DOMSDAY FOR RAAB?
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is battling to cling on following a bruising month in the headlines.
He came under heavy fire for failing to rush back from a luxury holiday in Crete as the Taliban seized Kabul.
Mr Raab insisted he was working tirelessly while on the Greek isle and snapped back at reports he was topping up his tan.
As First Secretary of State, he is the PM’s most senior Cabinet Minister, meaning its unlikely he’ll be completely sacked from the Government.
But he could lose the prized Foreign Office job – one of the top four “Great Offices of State” in Cabinet.
PM LEAVES FOR COMMONS
Boris is snapped leaving Downing Street before making a dash over to the House of Commons for PMQs.
He’s carrying a chunky red folder of briefing notes for the occasion… what other secrets could possibly be in there?
TIME FOR A GOSSIP
It’s nearly time for PMQs, which means we’ll get to see the Commons chamber packed with MPs hoping for a job, a promotion, or to stay in their positions.
Rishi and Priti are already there, looking relaxed, according to our Deputy Political Editor Kate Ferguson.
IS IT ON?
Cabinet ministers are getting twitchy – there’s a lot of speculation going around Whitehall this morning.
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?
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.
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.
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.