Image ID 2JWMR71 LIZ TRUSS speaks outside 10 Downing Street as the new Prime Minister 07092022 CREDIT ZUMA Press Inc,Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
Liz Truss speaking outside 10 Downing Street as the new Prime Minister (Picture: Zuma Press Inc/ Alamy Stock Photo).
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Cabinet reshuffle and ministerial appointments: Who's in and who's out in defence?

Image ID 2JWMR71 LIZ TRUSS speaks outside 10 Downing Street as the new Prime Minister 07092022 CREDIT ZUMA Press Inc,Alamy Stock Photo.jpg
Liz Truss speaking outside 10 Downing Street as the new Prime Minister (Picture: Zuma Press Inc/ Alamy Stock Photo).

A new government has been formed at the formal request of the Queen by new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

Ms Truss's comprehensive reshuffle has seen many new faces put into top government positions with a number of the MPs having served in the military.

There has also been a number of new ministerial appointments - Forces News has taken a closer look at the ins and outs at the Ministry of Defence.

IN – Ben Wallace

Former British Army officer Ben Wallace will stay on as Defence Secretary, after being appointed to the cabinet of the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss.

On Twitter, Chief of the Defence Staff Admiral Sir Tony Radakin congratulated Mr Wallace on his reappointment.

He said: "I look forward to continuing to work with him and Prime Minister Liz Truss to keep our country safe, support Ukraine and modernise the British Armed Forces to become even more lethal and deployable."

IN – James Heappey

The Afghanistan veteran was already a defence minister but will now attend cabinet having been announced as the Minister for the Armed Forces and Veterans and will attend cabinet alongside Mr Wallace.

His post has been created following the departure of Johnny Mercer, whose newly-created role of Minister for Veterans' Affairs is no more.

The chair of the Defence Select Committee, Tobias Ellwood, has questioned why the role of the Armed Forces and Veterans Minister has been merged.

Mr Ellwood told Forces News: "I don't quite understand it myself as to why the two have been merged. Other than perhaps we are losing a minister in defence as a whole and they are creating a new role somewhere else. 

"Critical with everything that we do in the Armed Forces is actually making sure that it doesn't just sit in the MOD. 

"Even our approach to Ukraine isn't just about what the military does, it's about how it fits in with foreign policy, how it fits in with aid, how it fits in with the refugees we look after, there's an entire comprehensive strategy for which the MOD's work is just one part of."

OUT – Johnny Mercer

The UK's first cabinet Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Johnny Mercer, was sacked from the role in the cabinet reshuffle.

In a statement posted on social media, the former soldier said was "disappointed" to have been "relieved of my duties in Government" by Ms Truss. 

Mr Mercer said in his letter he had to accept that he "will never have the qualities required for enduring success in politics" and was considering his future.

IN – Sir Tim Barrow

Sir Tim Barrow has been appointed as the Prime Minister's National Security Adviser, succeeding Sir Stephen Lovegrove.

Tim Barrow has extensive experience across a range of foreign and national security policy issues, including having served as an Ambassador in Kyiv, Moscow, and the European Union.

Prime Minister Liz Truss said: "Sir Tim Barrow brings with him a huge wealth of experience safeguarding the interests and security of the British people around the world. This includes working on the UK's response to Putin's illegal war in Ukraine".

IN – Sir Stephen Lovegrove

With Sir Tim Barrow being appointed as the Prime Minister's National Security Adviser, Sir Stephen Lovegrove will become the Prime Minister's Defence Industrial Adviser.

He will focus on a number of vital national and international defence programmes until the end of this year.

Ms Truss was "pleased he will continue to promote our thriving nuclear defence industry, working with key international partners to keep our people safe every day".

OUT – Jeremy Quin

Jeremy Quin will no longer be a defence minister as he moves to the Home Office.

The former Minister of State for Defence Procurement is taking on the role of a Minister of State in the Home Office. 

OUT – Leo Docherty

Also leaving the Ministry of Defence is Leo Docherty, who is moving to a position in the Foreign Office.

The former Minister for Defence People now becomes a Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

IN - Alec Shellbrooke

Alec Shellbrooke has been appointed as the Minister of State in the Ministry of Defence.

He has not previously worked in the department and will replace James Heappey.