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New British PM puts his own imprint on Cabinet with Brexit in mind

In his first move since taking office, Britain's new Prime Minister, Mr Boris Johnson, startled political observers by implementing a wholesale clear-out of the Cabinet he inherited from former prime minister Theresa May.

Among the casualties were finance minister Philip Hammond, who had served prominently in every Cabinet over the past decade but is now returning to the parliamentary backbench; foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who recently stood against Mr Johnson for the leadership of the ruling Conservative Party and now finds himself without a job; and Ms Penny Mordaunt, Britain's first woman defence minister, who had been in office for barely three months and has now been unceremoniously sacked by Mr Johnson.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 26, 2019, with the headline 'New PM puts his own imprint on Cabinet with Brexit in mind'. Print Edition | Subscribe