Michael Gove has lost his job as education secretary in one of the biggest shocks in David Cameron’s Cabinet reshuffle.
Mr Gove will take up a new role as chief whip as part of the Prime Ministers last reshuffle before next year’s General Election.
The move emerged as the Prime Minister planned a radical ministerial shake-up, with major promotions for leading women Conservative MPs.
Unions leaders were delighted at Mr Gove's departure, claiming he had become a 'liability' for the government.
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, said: "David Cameron has, belatedly, realised that Michael Gove's ideological drive is no substitute for measured, pragmatic reform of the education system.
"Time after time he has chased newspaper headlines rather than engage with teachers."
Other high profile sackings in the reshuffle include Owen Paterson, Dominic Grieve and David Willetts.
Philip Hammond has replaced William Hague as Foreign Secretary after the former party leader announced his resignation this morning.
Nicky Morgan has been appointed as Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.
The reshuffle also sees Liz Truss appointed as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Michael Fallon appointed as Defence Secretary.
Other changes include Esther McVey - who was tipped for promotion. She will remain as employment minister but with the added status of attending cabinet meetings
Greg Clark has been appointed as Minister for Universities and Science in addition to his current role as Minister of State.
What has been called a cull of middle-aged white men in the cabinet is expected to make space for a younger female Government ahead of the next election.