Leading Eurosceptic is new head at Defra

Gove, who was a cabinet minister in the coalition Government, takes over from Andrea Leadsom as European Union member states finalise the details of the circular economy (CE) package.

The rest of the Cabinet stay in the posts they have held since Mrs May became Prime Minister previous year, reflecting the fact that the Prime Minister now lacks the authority to sack colleagues.

In further confirmation of the Prime Minister's weakness, there were no sackings, only five new appointments and most members of the Cabinet stayed in the same job.

He has supported a number of high-profile digital projects, notably as justice minister in 2013, when he took responsibility for an investment in digital courtrooms.

In a second eye-catching move, she appointed her oldest political friend Damian Green as her effective deputy as First Secretary of State.

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom becomes the new Leader of the Commons while Karen Bradley continues as Culture Secretary. The new line-up brought in "talent from across the whole of the Conservative party", she said.

Gove, who was expected to back Boris in his bid to become prime minister, declared that he would also seek to become Tory leader after publicly claiming that Bojo "cannot provide the leadership or build the team for the task ahead".

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday promoted Damian Green to Cabinet Office minister, a senior role that administers the day-to-day running of the government, from work and pensions minister, according to a statement on Sunday.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd, Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon and Brexit Secretary David Davis have also been told they will retain their positions.

David Gauke, previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury, is a former solicitor who has been viewed as a safe pair of hands over recent months.

David Gauke - who was the Treasury chief secretary and has always been regarded as one of the Government's strongest performers - was promoted to take over at the Department for Work and Pensions. The shock vote saw May lose her overall majority and she has been forced to turn to Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party to govern.

Liam Fox stays in his post as Secretary of State for global trade, while Justine Greening has been re-confirmed as Secretary of State for Education.

Patel's retention as Secretary of State for International Development is important because it shows May is trying to her fullest to put her best face forward following her party's surprisingly dismal performance in the just-concluded elections. Johnson, meanwhile, has urged Tory MPs to rally around the prime minister as Brexit negotiations with Brussels loom.

  • Leroy Wright