Boris Cabinet LIVE: Nicky Morgan made life peer as PM Johnson assembles new Cabinet

Other vacancies include that left by Zac Goldsmith, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment and International Development, who lost his Richmond Park seat to Liberal Democrat Sarah Olney. Mr Hart replaces Alan Cairns, who resigned prior to the election after it emerged he had been aware of a former aide’s bid to collapse a rape trial. He was elected once again as MP for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, with a majority of 7,745.

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Boris Johnson is unveiling his new cabinet (Image: GETTY)

Mr Hart was previously a junior minister at the Cabinet Office and his promotion marks his first entry to the cabinet.

One Twitter user, Will Luker, was quick to point out Mr Hart's resemblance to a certain legendary English football manager, tweeting: "The resemblance to Brian Clough is REAL!!"

Meanwhile Nicky Morgan is back as Culture Secretary despite stepping down as MP for Loughborough prior to last week’s nationwide poll.

Ms Morgan has been appointed to the House of Lords, according to Times deputy political editor Steve Swinford.

Brian Clough Simon Hart

Passing resemblance? Legendary former football manager Brian Clough and Simon Hart (Image: GETTY)

He tweeted: "Nicky Morgan is elevated to the Lords and becomes the new Culture Secretary.

"It is the first time a peer has been appointed to a Cabinet role since Lord Adonis and Lord Mandelson under Labour."

In a subsequent tweet he added: "I'm told Nicky Morgan will serve as Culture Secretary until post-Brexit reshuffle - it's a temporary role

"The Government managed to turn her peerage round *in a single day*"

Mr Swinford added that she may not be "formally elevated" to the Lords until next month.

He explained: "This Thursday is reserved for the state opening of Parliament so she can't be formally introduced then.

"The House of Lords is due to return on January 7, most likely appointment will take place then."

Steve Swinford's tweet

Steve Swinford's tweet (Image: Twitter)

"She had already handed in her pass, key to her ministerial box, her phone etc & was planning leaving do."

The news was confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office.

Mrs Morgan had been in the role since Johnson took office in July.

Johnson's office said Ms Morgan would also be made a peer, although BBC's poltiical editor Laura Kuenssberg likewise claimed Ms Morgan may not be in her job for long.

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Nicky Morgan's elevation to the Lords was confirmed by Downing Street (Image: Twitter)

She tweeted: "Morgan likely only to stay in the job until the much bigger reshuffle expected in Feb."

One person left singularly unimpressed by Ms Morgan's appointment was Labour MP Chris Bryant, a former shadow Culture secretary, who tweeted: "It stinks.

"You abandon your constituents, eschew the tough work of representing a constituency but remain in the Cabinet. That really is two fingers up to democracy."

Explaining her decision not to seek re-election, in a letter to her local Conservative association in October, Mrs Morgan wrote: "After nearly a decade as Loughborough's MP and over 15 years as a local campaigner here I have made the very difficult decision that I can't commit to another 5 year term and now is the time for me to stand aside and be at home far more."

On Sunday it was reported Mr Johnson plans to run a "revolutionary" government by sacking ministers, merging ministries and replacing civil servants with external experts - although more far-reaching changes may be delayed until February.

The Sunday Times cited sources as saying Johnson, who won a commanding majority in Thursday's election, could sack up to a third of his top team of ministers to focus work on providing for traditionally Labour-supporting voters in northern and central England who backed his Conservatives.

There has also been speculation that Mr Johnson may be considering a radical shake-up of the Home Office by splitting it in half, creating a new Department for Borders and Immigration to deal specifically with border policy.


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