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Alister Jack stays on as Scottish Secretary amid cabinet reshuffle

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Alister Jack stays on as Scottish Secretary amid cabinet reshuffle

Alister Jack has kept his job as Scottish Secretary amid a reshuffle that saw several high profile figures in the cabinet lose their jobs.

Sajid Javid resigned as chancellor following reports that Boris Johnson had asked him to sack his team advisers as part of attempts to take greater control over the Treasury.

Javid was replaced by his deputy, Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, while Julian Smith was removed from his role as Northern Ireland Secretary and replaced by Brandon Lewis, despite having recently overseen the restoration the power-sharing administration in Stormont

Meanwhile Andrea Leadsom was sacked as business secretary, while Geoffrey Cox was dropped as attorney general and Theresa Villiers lost her job as environment secretary.

Villiers was replaced as environment secretary by George Eustice, while Cox’s role as attorney general was taken over by former Brexit Minister Suella Braverman.

Former International Development Secretary Alok Sharma was appointed business secretary, and will also be responsible for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.

Javid, who was due to unveil the budget in four weeks, was said to have rejected a demand from the Prime Minister to fire his team of advisers, saying "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition.

Responding to Javid's resignation, Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: "This must be a historical record with the government in crisis after just over two months in power.

"Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as chancellor."

Secretary of State for Scotland, Alister Jack said: “I’m honoured to have been reappointed as Scottish Secretary by the Prime Minister. I look forward to helping to deliver a bright future for Scotland, and to continue to stand up for the majority of Scots who voted in 2014 to remain part of a strong United Kingdom.”

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