Ally of Gove leaves as Theresa May continues to reshape new-look Cabinet

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An ally of sacked Cabinet minister Michael Gove is the latest to leave his job as Theresa May continues to reshape her Cabinet.

Downing Street announced that Dominic Raab has left his ministerial post at the Ministry of Justice, the department previously headed up by Mr Gove.

As human rights minister, Mr Raab took the lead on controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act to replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

Former solicitor general Sir Oliver Heald was promoted to a minister of state role at the department.

Meanwhile Hugo Swire said he was retiring from his role as a foreign minister hours after likening sacked allies of David Cameron to condemned prisoners sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

He tweeted yesterday: “Not a good time to be a Cameroon. The tumbrils are rolling again!”

Tumbrils were carts used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the revolution.

On Saturday, he tweeted a photo of the famous Looney Tunes cartoon sign-off “that’s all folks!” and said: “I am retiring to the backbenches to join my friends.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to have served as a Minister in the Government since 2010.”

It comes as Philip Dunne was moved from the Ministry of Defence to become a minister of state at Health.

Nick Hurd was moved from International Development to become a Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Lord Price was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Trade.

Foreign Minister James Duddridge announced that he was also leaving the Government, having been in post since August 2014.

He tweeted: “Sad to be leaving a great team at the Foreign Office. More time in Southend and will also keep up with friends in Africa”.

Caroline Dinenage said she was also leaving her post at the MoJ but would continue in Government at the Education department.

She tweeted: “Sad to be leaving my amazing team @MoJGovUK but excited about new challenges at @educationgovuk & continuing role with @WomenEqualities”.

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