New PM holds first Cabinet meeting and tells ministers UK MUST leave the EU by Halloween

Sajid Javid outside the Treasury today

Sajid Javid: Chancellor of the Exchequer

Sajid Javid’s 18-year banking career that saw him rise to be a £3m-a-year board member at Deutsche Bank will stand him in good stead as he takes the reins of the UK economy. 

The Remainer, who backed a hard Brexit during the Tory leadership campaign, is the son of a Pakistani immigrant bus driver who arrived in the UK in 1961 with just £1 in his pocket.

Javid, 49, was raised on Stapleton Road in Bristol, which was once dubbed ‘Britain’s worst street’ and described as a ‘lawless hellhole where murder, rape, shootings, drug-pushing, prostitution, knifings and violent robbery are commonplace’.  

After attending state school and Exeter University he went on to become an investment banker for nearly two decades.

He has spoken about having mixed-race children with wife Laura and the racism he faced as a child, before politics and also when he joined the Conservative Party. 

Mr Javid ran against Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership campaign, eventually finishing fourth. He is the most senior Remain voter in the Government.

After becoming Home Secretary last year, he made a push for No. 10 on the back of Theresa May’s resignation. But after being knocked out of the leadership race, he moved swiftly to back Mr Johnson and was widely tipped as the top choice to move to number 11. 

Priti Patel in Downing Street today

Priti Patel: Home Secretary

The Essex MP – who was once an outspoken proponent of the death penalty – has made a remarkable return to the Cabinet after being sacked by Theresa May for lying.   

The mother-of-one is back two years after being forced to resign over secret meetings with Israeli officials, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The 47-year-old Brexiteer became infamous in 2011 when she called for hanging to be reintroduced during her first appearance on Question Time, calling capital punishment a ‘deterrent’.  

Mrs Patel’s Ugandan-Indian family arrived penniless in Britain in 1972.

They were forced to abandon a fortune in tea and coffee plantations as they fled the military dictator Idi Amin.

Her father, Sushil – which is also her middle name – ditched plans to go to university and opened a corner shop in Tottenham, North London, with his wife Anjana and his parents.

Mrs Patel, who has been married to marketing consultant Alex Sawyer since 2004, lived above the shop and worked most mornings behind the counter before school. 

She was educated at a comprehensive school in Watford, joined the Tory party at 17 and studied economics at Keele University. 

A former PR and policy adviser for drinks multinational Diageo she went on to work for the Conservative Party before being picked for her very safe seat in 2010. 

After a spell working for the Conservative Party under former leader William Hague, the MP for Witham became a lobbyist for cigarette companies.

Mrs Patel was humiliatingly forced to resign from the PM’s top team in November 2017 after the secret meetings with Israeli officials emerged.  

Dominic Raab, a karate black belt, is married without any children to Erika (together), a Brazilian-born marketing executive

Dominic Raab, a karate black belt, is married without any children to Erika (together), a Brazilian-born marketing executive

Dominic Raab: Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State

The MP for Esher and Walton worked as an in-house lawyer for the Foreign Office in 2000 has now returned as head of the department.

The former grammar school boy, born to a Czech Jewish father who fled the Nazis in 1938 to Britain as a refugee before the Second World War, helped bring war criminals to justice in The Hague during his first stint in the Foreign Office.

Mr Raab is a karate black belt and former boxing blue at Oxford University in 1995. The 45-year-old is married without any children to Erika, a Brazilian-born marketing executive who was wheeled out for photoshoots in his leadership campaign. 

During the campaign he described how his father Peter fled the Nazis and came to Britain aged six as he accused Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell of not standing up for ‘free and tolerant democracy’ that welcomed his dad.

His father learned English, worked for M&S as a food manager and met his mother Jean, who was from Bromley, Kent. He died when Dominic was 12 after losing his battle with cancer. 

It’s a major promotion for Mr Raab, who has just four months experience in the Cabinet after a stint as Brexit Secretary last year.   

He stood in the Tory leadership race on a hardcore Brexiteer ticket even harder than Mr Johnson. But after being knocked out he quickly backed his former rival and supported him in his campaign.

Mr Raab is in favour of a No Deal Brexit and replaces Jeremy Hunt. He will step into immediate fire with an ongoing diplomatic spat with Iran.

Michael Gove in Downing Street today

Michael Gove: Cabinet Office Minister

Seasoned minister Michael Gove who blazed a trail as a reformer in departments across Whitehall has been handed a role at the heart of government. 

The adopted son of Aberdeen fishworkers already has four Cabinet jobs under his belt – heading education, justice and environment departments as well as a stint as chief whip.

While in charge of the nation’s schools under David Cameron, the Brexiteer pushed through a series of controversial reforms to the curriculum and axed the Building Schools for the Future programme. 

But he was criticised most for introducing Free Schools – state funded schools which are exempt from teaching the National Curriculum.

Critics claim the schools take money and pupils from existing schools, increase segregation and division and lead to the break-up of the state school system. 

As Environment Secretary he championed a war on plastic – introducing charges for plastic bags and doing away with single-use straws and cups.  

He was a firm backer of Theresa May’s Brexit deal to the last, which damaged him in the eyes of the more purist Brexiteer elements. 

Mr Gove had a tilt at the Tory leadership but came undone when revelations about his past drug use were revealed.

He admitted using cocaine when he was younger after it came to light in an unauthorised biography.

Mr Gove, 51, is a former Times journalist, 51, who has two children with newspaper columnist Sarah Vine. Mr Gove indicated that his drive to be prime minister is fuelled by a desire to show his parents they were right to take the ‘risk’ of adopting him.  

Mr Wallace in Downing Street today

Mr Wallace in Downing Street today

Ben Wallace: Defence Secretary

The former military hero who served in the Scots Guard and was mentioned in dispatches in 1992 has been named Defence Secretary. 

The 51-year-old attended Sandhurst military academy after a short stint as a ski instructor and served for eight years in Northern Ireland.

The Remainer rose to the rank of captain and was mentioned in dispatches in 1992 after an incident involving a terrorist cell. 

Mr Wallace – who also served in Cyprus, Germany and Central America – has been married to Liza since 2001 and they have three children. 

He makes the step up to the Cabinet after spending three years as security minister – during which the country has battled a spate of major terror attacks. 

His first call to action in his new role will be bringing about the return of the British ship seized by Iranian forces last week.

Mr Johnson has suggested he wants to boost defence spending and build more naval ships to protect UK-flagged vessels in the Gulf.

Gavin Williamson was sacked as defence secretary in May after leaking secret details of a meeting about Huawei

Gavin Williamson was sacked as defence secretary in May after leaking secret details of a meeting about Huawei

Gavin Williamson: Education Secretary 

The state-educated South Staffordshire MP, who studied social sciences at the University of Bradford, has made an astonishing return to the Cabinet.  

The former Defence Secretary was sacked just three months ago for leaking secrets from a National Security Council meeting.

But he was given the job of overseeing the nation’s schools as a ‘thank you’ from Boris for helping to mastermind his leadership campaign. 

Mr Williamson has been dubbed the Cabinet’s Private Pike, after the hapless Dad’s Army character, for a series of gaffes while in the Cabinet.  

His appointment comes just months after it appeared his political career seemed over when he narrowly escaped prosecution under the Official Secrets Act for the leak. 

While Defence Secretary in 2018, the father-of-two confessed to a fling that at one time threatened to end his marriage with wife Joanne.

Not long after being promoted from Tory chief whip he admitted to a brief office romance with a former colleague. He said it was ‘a dreadful mistake’ but Joanne had forgiven him.

Mr Williamson, 43, who was made Defence Secretary following the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon over sexual harassment claims, insisted the relationship had not gone beyond kissing ‘a couple of times’.

It occurred before he embarked on a career in politics but he is understood to have revealed details to party officials when he first ran for selection as an MP more than a decade ago.

Mat Hancock remains as Health Secretaty

Mat Hancock remains as Health Secretaty

Matt Hancock: Health and Social Care Secretary

Matt Hancock stays in one of the hardest job in government despite aiming volleys of criticism at Mr Johnson while running against him for the leadership.

He told an interviewer ‘f*ck f*ck Business’ after the new Prime Minister’s much criticised reaction to firms’ No Deal Brexit fears.

But the married father of three, 40, did a superb reverse ferret to become one of Mr Johnson’s chief cheerleaders.

This included reportedly trying to block the release of a paper he commissioned which recommended taxes on milkshakes because it ran contrary to his new boss’s opposition to ‘sin taxes’.

He also poked fun at himself during the campaign after being caught on camera wolfing down a high-sugar stroopwafel ahead of an early-morning TV interview. 

Last year he was accused of breaking ethics rules after he praised a private health firm app in a newspaper article sponsored by its maker.

But he has since made some hard-hitting interventions in areas like the impact of social media on health. 

In May he joined Ms Mordaunt in backing the Generation Why? report showing that the Tories needed to become more relevant to younger voters. 

He called on the party to change its ‘tone’ towards modern Britain or face Jeremy Corbyn as prime minister, in a speech widely seen as setting out his leadership credentials.

Jo Johnson entering No 10 last night where he was made Universities Minister

Jo Johnson entering No 10 last night where he was made Universities Minister

Jo Johnson: Universities Minister   

Mr Johnson’s acceptance of a ministerial post appears to mark an abrupt volte-face from November, when he shared a platform at a Remainer rally with television presenter and ex-footballer Gary Lineker.

The Orpington MP, 47, in the younger brother of the Prime Minister and also an Old Etonian. He is married to the Guardian journalist Amelia Gentleman.

His  appointment to Universities Minister means he will attend the hardline Brexiteer-dominated administration formed in a bloodbath of the ministries throughout the course of Wednesday.

The role comes under the jurisdiction of two departments, Education and Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Both of them are now led by hardline Leavers in Andrea Leadsom and Gavin Williamson.

He quit as a transport minister in November saying that Theresa May’s Brexit deal was a massive failure in British statecraft on the scale of the Suez Crisis in 1956.

Talking about the original 2016 EU referendum at the November People’s Vote rally in London Mr Johnson said: ‘I think it’s fair to say that back then we didn’t really know what it would entail, the ramifications of leaving the European Union. 

‘It’s becoming clear that there are very few positives. It’s almost unanimous that people think it will have some sort of debilitating effect on our economy, at the very least. I think it’s very rare in life that you get to use the benefit of hindsight.’  

But he was quick to fall in behind his brother when he announced his run for the leadership of the Conservative Party.     

He accompanied Boris to a garden centre during a visit to his suburban London constituency and was present along with the rest of the Johnson clan when he was made leader on Tuesday.

Alok Sharma in Downing Street today as he attended his first Cabinet meeting

Alok Sharma in Downing Street today as he attended his first Cabinet meeting

Alok Sharma: International Development Secretary

An ardent and long-time supporter of Boris Johnson, Alok Sharma was widely tipped before the reshuffle to finally make it to the Cabinet.

He was frequently sent out to bat for Mr Johnson during the Tory leadership campaign and his hard work was rewarded as he was last night made Rory Stewart’s successor at the Department for International Development. 

It will be a big step up for Mr Sharma who only started his ministerial career in July 2016 in the wake of the EU referendum having first become an MP way back in 2010 when he won the seat of Reading West from the Labour Party.

He had a relatively low profile in Theresa May’s government but did hit the headlines when he was housing minister in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. 

Residents affected by the fire confronted Mr Sharma in June 2017 as they demanded to know why more had not been done by the government to help rehouse people who had been made homeless by the tragic blaze. 

His promotion to the Cabinet will surprise many given his support for numerous big policies which his new boss is known to be cool on. 

For example, Mr Sharma is a big backer of the High Speed 2 railway line and Heathrow expansion. 

Mr Johnson is believed to be considering scrapping the former while his opposition to the latter is well known. 

Mr Sharma also voted to Remain at the 2016 referendum but his loyalty to Mr Johnson was apparently enough to overcome policy differences and opposite votes on Brexit to get him into the Cabinet.  

The 51-year-old was a chartered accountant and then a banker before he entered parliament, representing the area where he grew up. 

He was born in India but moved to Reading with his parents at the age of five. He is married and has two daughters.