A MINISTER who kept his government job after asking an aide to buy sex toys was one of Theresa May’s victims yesterday as she promoted ‘a new generation’ in a second day of reshuffling.
Mark Garnier said he was ‘very sad’ to be sacked as trade minister, after he was cleared of inappropriate behaviour.
Mrs May last night said her reshuffle boosted diversity, with promotions for women and ethnic minority MPs.
Backbencher Philip Davies said too many Tory MPs were being ‘hoofed out or not promoted’ because they were white and male, but the Sutton Trust said 48 per cent of the new cabinet were Oxbridge graduates, up from 44 per cent.
On Monday, Jeremy Hunt and Greg Clark refused to move to new jobs and Justine Greening quit rather than leave her post as education secretary.
Sackings included health minister Philip Dunne, who had told patients waiting for beds to use seats instead.
Four MPs first elected in 2015 were made ministers: Lucy Frazer (justice), Oliver Dowden (Cabinet Office), Kit Malthouse (work and pensions) and Rishi Sunak (communities).
The Brexit department took on as a new minister ‘hard-Brexiteer’ Suella Fernandes.
No.10 dismissed the criticisms of Mr Davies, whose friend Esther McVey became work and pensions secretary.
Meanwhile, veteran Tory MP Nicholas Soames queried moving ex-diplomat Rory Stewart from the foreign office to justice.