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Theresa May sacks apprenticeships minister

Apprenticeships minister Robert Halfon has been sacked by prime minister Theresa May as part of her Cabinet reshuffle.

The MP for Harlow has been dismissed by the PM, who did not give a reason for the decision. 

Prior to his appointment as apprenticeships minister, Mr Halfon served as parliamentary private secretary to former chancellor George Osborne.

Mr Halfon said: “The prime minister has to make these decisions; I wasn’t really given a reason.”

He is one of only four ministers to have been moved on since the outcome of the general election last Thursday.

Mrs May made a number of key ministerial appointments on Monday, which included Dominic Raab as justice minister, Nick Hurd as home office minister and Baroness Anelay as Brexit minister.

On Twitter, Mr Halfon said: “It’s been an honour to have served as apprenticeships minister. I’m proud we have a record 900,000 apprentices and to have passed the FE/TE Bill.”

A replacement apprenticeships minister has not been announced. 

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