Tobias Ellwood axed from Government

Tobias Ellwood has lost his job as a defence minister as Boris Johnson continued to reshape the Government.

The former army officer, who was hailed as a hero for his attempts to save the life of Pc Keith Palmer during the Westminster terror attack, has been an outspoken critic of the prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

He said he would support Mr Johnson from the backbenches but will speak out on the need for more defence spending.

He said: “As I support the new Prime Minister from the backbenches I am committed to furthering the case for increased defence spending and growing our defence capabilities.

“We enter a new era of instability facing ever more complex and diverse threats.

“Britain must develop our hard power if we are too retain our influence on the international stage.”

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