Johnson Belfast-born Connor Burns appoints minister for Northern Ireland

Johnson Belfast-born Connor Burns appoints minister for Northern Ireland

On the second day of the Boris Johnson cabinet reshuffle, several senior junior ministers were ousted and Belfast-born Connor Burns was made minister for Northern Ireland. Burns, a longtime ally of the Prime Minister, moved to England at the age of eight but maintained close ties with the North, visiting his former primary school, Our Lady of Lords, Park Lodge in Belfast on Thursday.

Johnson downgraded pro – Brexit supporter Benny Mordant, who was once considered a rising star in Westminster, from general pay officer to trade secretary. He fired John Whitingdale, a senior minister who had once served as the wife of Prime Minister Carrie, as cultural secretary.

Johnson’s spokesman Dominic Robbin’s demotion from Secretary of State to Attorney General has been downplayed, confirming that his new post is very important.

“Dealing with criminal justice is one of the key functions of the government, which is why the Prime Minister has sought to reassign Dominic Rabb to this position in light of his background and experience in the field,” he said.

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