JEREMY Wright has no place in new prime minister Boris Johnson’s first cabinet.
The Kenilworth and Southam MP has been replaced as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by Nicky Morgan.
Staunch Brexiteer Mr Johnson – who remains adamant Britain will leave the EU on October 31 with or without a deal – decided there was no role for staunch Remainer Mr Wright.
Former prime minister Theresa May appointed 46-year-old Mr Wright to the position last July. He had previously been Attorney General since 2014.
Mr Wright has yet to comment on his departure, although earlier this week The Observer did ask if he would be happy to serve in Mr Johnson’s cabinet. We have not as yet had a reply.
But Mr Wright did have some fond farewell words for Mrs May in his regular Observer column.
He wrote: “No prime minister has it all. Theresa May has faults like her predecessors and occupying Downing Street shines a harsh light on them. Confronting the most difficult political circumstances in 70 years as the divisions of Brexit played out made a positive legacy unlikely. She has known that almost from the start of her premiership but I have no doubt that nonetheless she will be disappointed as she leave office. She will reflect too on the bad decisions – we all have them.
“I hope too however that she will know that those of us who served with her will remember her resilience, her dignity and above all her overwhelming sense of duty. I understand that many have disagreed with her and will not regret her departure, that’s politics. But on a human level, at least, I hope we can all appreciate that she has carried a load that few of us can understand and few of us would be strong enough to bear.”
* Mr Wright did make headlines on the BBC last night for all the wrong reasons (see photo).
On its live online coverage of the cabinet reshuffle – or cull as some political commentators called it – Mr Wright’s photo appeared above the news of former business secretary Greg Clark’s resignation.