Heads roll as Theresa May continues her reshuffle

Theresa May's Government reshuffle continued as a former minister quipped that sacked allies of David Cameron were like condemned prisoners sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Michael Gove ally Dominic Raab was the most high profile casualty of May's reshuffle not just of cabinet ministers but junior ministers too.

Raab left his ministerial post at the Ministry of Justice.

Conservative Party undated handout photo of Dominic Raab.
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As human rights minister, 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.

Ex-foreign minister Hugo Swire said he was retiring to the backbenches and made a reference to tumbrils - carts used to carry prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

Julian Brazier said he was leaving his post as a defence minister.

Cabinet Office Minister John Penrose said he had been sacked.

Meanwhile, 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.

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

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

Former work and pensions secretary Justin Tomlinson suggested he had also left the Government.

It's been a wild few days for the government, that's for sure.

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