Boris Johnson to pack his Cabinet with women

borisConservative leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson (Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The runaway favourite to be chosen as Tory Party leader will begin an immediate clear-out once he succeeds Theresa May - with up to 15 Cabinet ministers facing the chop. Their departure will mean a comeback for ministers forced out for failing to back Mrs May's hated Brexit deal and a first step into government for Tory rising stars. And Mr Johnson is tipped to bring more women back into the fold with a series of plum roles.

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Among them is Amber Rudd who could be in line to replace Jeremy Hunt as Foreign Secretary.The former Home Secretary has given Mr Johnson strong backing in recent days, hinting that she is to be given a top job.

Brexiteers Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom, who quit over the Withdrawal Agreement, are expected to return.

Priti Patel and Nicky Morgan, both sacked from the Cabinet by Mrs May, are also in the running for a return to the front benches.

Both Ms Patel and Ms Leadsom have been tipped to become the next Home Secretary if, as expected, Sajid Javid is moved to become Chancellor.

Johnson loyalist Liz Truss is in the frame for a promotion after impressing Brexiteers in recent months. She has been tipped as a possible

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