Julian Smith sacked as Northern Ireland Secretary

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Julian Smith became the first victim of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government reshuffle, after being dumped by the Northern Ireland office.

His departure comes just weeks after brokering the deal which restored the power-sharing administration in Stormont.

Mr Smith said it had been “the biggest privilege” to serve the people of Northern Ireland and he was “extremely grateful” to have been given the chance to serve “this amazing part of our country”.

Boris Johnson intends to “promote a generation of talent” in a reshuffle aimed at preparing the Tories for the future.

-Noah Harte