Penny Mordaunt has been sacked from the Cabinet by Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister. Mordaunt had served as the Secretary of State for Defence since May 2019.
Mordaunt posted on Twitter:
“I’m heading to the backbenches from where the PM will have my full support, as will my successors at @DefenceHQ & @WomenEqualities. Thank you to everyone who’s helped me get things done, especially our Armed Forces and civilians in defence for the last 85 days. We achieved much🇬🇧”
The Government has confirmed that the 2020 May Bank Holiday will be moved from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May in a bid to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
Greg Clark, the Business Secretary, said in a statement:
“VE Day marked an historic moment in not only our nation’s, but the world’s history and it is important that we commemorate this great occasion on its 75th anniversary. Honouring those who did their duty – whether on the battlefields of Europe or through their efforts and sacrifices here at home.
Moving next year’s early May bank holiday to VE Day itself is a right and fitting tribute. It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.”
Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary of State for Defence said:
“As we’ve seen over the past week with the D-Day commemorations, the British people truly appreciate the sacrifice made by those who fought for our freedom throughout the Second World War. Moving next year’s Bank Holiday will give us the opportunity to come together to remember and honour those who gave so much to secure our freedom and liberty.”
Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has completed a minor reshuffle following the resignation of Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary. Patel resigned after holding meetings which weren’t conducted with the knowledge of the Foreign Office.
Penny Mordaunt replaces Patel as the Secretary of State for International Development, with Sarah Newton replacing Mordaunt as the Minister of State at the Department for Work and Pensions. Victoria Atkins becomes the new Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office.