Lord Frost, the former Brexit negotiator, will not be in Liz Truss’s first Cabinet after turning down two roles that were offered to him, The Telegraph understands.
The ex-diplomat was sounded out about the role of Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, once occupied by Michael Gove, but rejected it because Ms Truss wants the job to be far more narrowly focused than in Mr Gove’s time.
Ms Truss’s team also raised the possibility of making Lord Frost the Leader of the House of Lords, but he told them he would be the wrong person for the job because it should go to someone who has been a peer for much longer than his two years.
On Monday afternoon, Priti Patel resigned as Home Secretary Ms Patel wrote to Mr Johnson to say she would leave the post, which she has held for three years, as soon as Ms Truss was appointed.
She wrote: “I congratulate Liz Truss on being elected our new leader and will give her my support as our new prime minister.
“It is my choice to continue my public service to the country and the Witham constituency from the back benches once Liz formally assumes office and a new home secretary is appointed. From the back benches, I will champion many of the policies and causes that I have stood for both inside and outside of Government.”
Therese Coffey will be appointed Liz Truss’s deputy prime minister as well as health secretary, The Telegraph understands, putting her at the centre of power.
Ms Coffey, the current Work and Pensions Secretary, is little known to the wider public but is one of Ms Truss’s closest friends in politics.
She helped run the Truss campaign and has held previous government roles in the whips office and the Environment Department after becoming an MP in 2010.
The move is likely to be framed in part as showing how important health reforms will be for the Truss government.
Bringing down NHS backlogs is one of her top policy priorities. It also means that it will be Ms Coffey who will likely face off against Angela Rayner, the Labour deputy leader, at Prime Minister’s Questions when Ms Truss is away.
Jake Berry, the chairman of the Northern Research Group of Tory MPs, is to be appointed chairman of the Conservative Party.
Alister Jack, the Scottish Secretary, is set to remain in post, while Alok Sharma expects to stay on in the Cabinet as President for COP26, as he will be in that role until November.