RISHI Sunak has begun to appoint his Cabinet after becoming Prime Minister officially.

After he gave a speech outside Downing Street, the former chancellor went into Number 10 and quickly got to work.

So here's who's in:

  • Jeremy Hunt remains as Chancellor
  • Dominic Raab has been appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary 
  • Suella Braverman returns as Home Secretary
  • Simon Hart has been handed the role of Chief Whip
  • James Cleverly re-appointed as Foreign Secretary 
  • Ben Wallace back in as Defence Secretary 
  • Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed Minister without Portfolio and Party Chair
  • Oliver Dowden is in as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster 
  • Grant Shapps is now Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Secretary
  • Penny Mordaunt remains Leader of the House of Commons

So here's who's out:

  • Jacob Rees-Mogg resigned as business secretary
  • Brandon Lewis is out as justice secretary but has vowed to back Sunak from the backbenches
  • Wendy Morton has left as chief whip
  • Chloe Smith, who backed Sunak in the Tory leadership contest, said she is out as work and pensions secretary
  • Kit Malthouse is out as education secretary
  • Robert Buckland is out as Welsh secretary
  • Jake Berry is out as Tory chairman
  • Simon Clarke has left his role as levelling up secretary 
  • Alok Sharma has been sacked as minister for the Cabinet Office but remains COP26 President 
  • Vicky Ford has left her role as development minister 
  • Ranil Jayawardena has stepped aside as environment secretary 

This is a live story and will be regularly updated.

In his first speech as PM, Sunak vowed to fix the “mistakes” of Liz Truss’s leadership as he braced the nation for “difficult decisions” ahead.

More than an hour after Truss defended her botched economic strategy in her farewell speech from Downing Street, Sunak stood outside No 10 criticising her brief and chaotic tenure.

Sunak said his predecessor, whose 49 days in office made her the shortest-lasting PM in history, was “not wrong” to want to drive up growth, describing it as a “noble aim”.

“But some mistakes were made. Not born of ill will or bad intentions – quite the opposite in fact. But mistakes nonetheless,” he added.

“I’ve been elected as leader of my party and your Prime Minister in part to fix them – and that work begins immediately.”

Sunak, 42, became the UK’s first Hindu PM, the first of Asian heritage and the youngest for more than 200 years when he was appointed by Charles at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning.