Theresa May continued to bring in sweeping changes to the Cabinet yesterday, with Michael Gove among the biggest casualties.
The Aberdeen-raised Tory, who stood against the new prime minister for the Conservative leadership, was sacked as justice secretary.
He was replaced by former environment secretary Liz Truss, whose old job went to the outgoing energy minister Andrea Leadsom.
She began the day answering energy and climate change questions in the Commons in the absence of Amber Rudd, promoted to home secretary within hours of Mrs May taking office on Wednesday.
Other high-profile figures to lose their jobs were Nicky Morgan, replaced as education secretary with former international development secretary Justine Greening, whose previous brief went to prominent Brexiteer Priti Patel.
Scotland’s only Tory MP David Mundell unsurprisingly remained in his post, as did Jeremy Hunt as health secretary – despite his row with junior doctors in England.
But John Whittingdale was replaced as culture secretary by Karen Bradley, who served under Mrs May at the Home Office.
Patrick McLoughlin was made party chairman, moved from the transport brief which went to Chris Grayling.
The former leader of the Commons managed Mrs May’s leadership bid and was expected to be rewarded with a senior role.
He will have a lot on his plate, not least the decision on airport expansion in the south-east of England.
James Brokenshire, formerly immigration minister, was also promoted to the post of Northern Ireland secretary, with Sajid Javid moved from business to the communities and local government brief.
Meanwhile, the new work and pensions secretary is Damian Green, a longstanding ally of Mrs May.
He replaces former Tory leadership contender Stephen Crabb, who resigned from the government yesterday citing the best interests of his family.
The step came after claims the committed Christian sent sexually explicit messages to a woman during the EU referendum campaign.
David Gauke has been appointed chief secretary to the Treasury and former Europe minister David Lidington as Commons leader.
Jeremy Wright continues as Attorney General, with Gavin Williamson – who worked for David Cameron – made parliamentary secretary to the Treasury and chief whip.
The second day of appointments followed the installation of Boris Johnson as foreign secretary and Philip Hammond as chancellor on Wednesday night.