Sacked defence secretary Gavin Williamson seen with Boris Johnson as speculation over new cabinet

Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson has been seen arriving at a meeting with Boris Johnson as the new prime minister begins to select his cabinet.  

Mr Williamson, who was sacked by Theresa May over a national security leak, was pictured arriving for dinner in central London this evening.

He was seen attending the private reception alongside his wife as Mr Johnson also arrived for the summit. 

Remainer Mark Spencer, who was confirmed as his new chief whip, was seen entering the Browns Hotel in Mayfair. 

Former Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith was also seem arriving at the meeting today, along with fellow Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg. 

Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson and his wife arriving at the meeting with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening

Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson and his wife arriving at the meeting with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening

Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson and his wife arriving at the meeting with new Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening 

Boris Johnson arriving for the summit with his supporters at the five-star Browns Hotel in Mayfair, central London, as speculation grows over his cabinet picks

Boris Johnson arriving for the summit with his supporters at the five-star Browns Hotel in Mayfair, central London, as speculation grows over his cabinet picks

Boris Johnson arriving for the summit with his supporters at the five-star Browns Hotel in Mayfair, central London, as speculation grows over his cabinet picks 

Mr Williamson is set for a return to the political front line after orchestrating Mr Johnson’s campaign and whipping up support among MPs. 

Ex Tory Party leader Mr Duncan Smith could also make a comeback after playing a key role in the Johnson push for Number 10.

Speculation has been growing over who will form Mr Johnson’s new cabinet after he won a run-off to be crowned the Tory leader earlier today.

The former London Mayor defeated his successor as foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, by seizing two thirds more votes from Conservative members. 

Current Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Liz Truss and Matt Hancock are thought to be battling it out to become the next Chancellor.

Andrea Leadsom is also said to have wanted the top treasury job. Mr Hancock could be handed the job of foreign secretary if he is not made Chancellor. 

Philip Hammond met with Mr Johnson today but is said to have not backed down from his opposition to a No Deal Brexit. 

Jacob Rees-Mogg arriving at the private reception at a posh hotel attended by Boris Johnson

Jacob Rees-Mogg arriving at the private reception at a posh hotel attended by Boris Johnson

Jacob Rees-Mogg arriving at the private reception at a posh hotel attended by Boris Johnson

New chief whip Mark Spencer attended the private reception at the exclusive Browns Hotel

New chief whip Mark Spencer attended the private reception at the exclusive Browns Hotel

New chief whip Mark Spencer attended the private reception at the exclusive Browns Hotel

Fellow Remainers Rory Stewart and Dominic Grieve have also criticised Mr Johnson during his leadership campaign and stayed away from the he backbench 1922 committee meeting tonight.

Former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab is also expected to join the cabinet after he backed Mr Johnson when he dropped out of the race to become PM at an early stage.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a leading supporter of Mr Johnson, yesterday said Mr Hunt had no right to expect a top job in Johnson’s cabinet.  

Tomorrow Theresa May will hold her final Prime Minister’s Questions at lunchtime, before heading to Buckingham Palace to formally resign as PM.

The Queen will then send for Mr Johnson and invite him to form a new government.

He will then arrive at Downing Street at around 5pm and deliver a short speech. 

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