Johnson Is New Home Secretary

(BBC) – HEALTH SECRETARY ALAN JOHNSON IS TO REPLACE JACQUI SMITH as home secretary, as Prime Minister Gordon Brown carries out a make-or-break reshuffle.

Alistair Darling stays as chancellor but Defence Secretary John Hutton is leaving government —although he is said to be remaining loyal to Mr Brown.

It comes after Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell resigned with a call for the PM to ‘stand aside.’

Mr Brown is in Downing Street working on a reshuffle which is expected to see widespread changes in key jobs within the next few hours.

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