Mark Garnier sacked, Steve Barclay, Dominic Raab and Jo Johnson moved as Theresa May continues reshuffle

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Mark Garnier has been sacked as trade minister in the second day of Theresa May's reshuffle.

Garnier was investigated by the Cabinet Office after it emerged he called a secretary "sugar t**s" and asked her to buy him sex toys, although subsequently cleared. This morning he tweeted that he was "very sad" to have lost his job but said he would support the government from the backbenches.

As pointed out by Open Britain's deputy director Francise Grove-White, Garnier is the fifth minister involved with Brexit to have gone since Article 50 was triggered.

His sacking follows the exits of party chairman Patrick McLoughlin, Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire and education secretary Justine Greening yesterday during a farcical reshuffle that resulted in the majority of roles left unchanged.

But today's reshuffle has been rather more efficient. In the last few minutes, City minister Steve Barclay has been moved to health and social care alongside Caroline Dineage, Rory Stewart has been made justice minister and Sam Gyimah has been made universities minister.

Jo Johnson, who yesterday spent a gruelling couple of hours defending Toby Young's appointment (before he resigned this morning), has been made transport minister. He will also be minister for London.

Meanwhile justice minister Dominic Raab has been moved to housing, while Alok Shah is the new employment minister.

Health minister Philip Dunne, who also faced a grilling over the NHS yesterday while his boss fended off May's offer of business secretary, has resigned.

During yesterday's appearance, Dunne told the Commons that "seats were available" for patients for whom there were no beds, drawing heavy criticism, for which he later apologised.

Transport minister John Hayes has also resigned, while education minister Robert Goodwill has been sacked.

However the reported "minister for no deal" is now off the table, with Number 10 insisting there was never any plan for that role to exist.

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