Theresa Villiers resigned, saying she was offered a job but decided not to take it
Several key members of David Cameron's cabinet have lost their jobs in the British government as Theresa May continues to build her new team.
Theresa Villiers resigned as Northern Ireland Secretary, adding that the "new Prime Minister was kind enough to offer me a role but it was not one which I felt I could take on". She has been replaced by James Brokenshire.
Mr Brokenshire is an MP for the Old Bexley and Sidcup constituency in greater London. He was previously the UK's immigration minister.
Michael Gove was the first to be sacked as Justice Secretary by the new Prime Minister, joining ex-chancellor George Osborne on the backbenches in a dramatic change to the cabinet team.
Mr Gove, whose decision to stand in the Tory leadership race and dash the premiership ambitions of his fellow Brexiteer Boris Johnson in what was regarded an act of treachery, wished the new-look cabinet "the best of luck".
He wrote on Twitter:
It's been an enormous privilege to serve for the last six years. Best of luck to the new government - MG— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) July 14, 2016
Hot on his heels out the door was Nicky Morgan, who backed his leadership bid.
Ms Morgan said she was "disappointed not to be continuing as education secretary and minister for women and equalities - two wonderful roles it's been a privilege to hold".
John Whittingdale was sacked as culture secretary and chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Letwin was also given the boot.
Mr Whittingdale said it had been "a privilege" to serve in the cabinet, adding: "I wish my successor every success and will continue to support creative industries."
Mrs May's leadership rival, Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb, also quit "in the best interests of my family".
It was disclosed last week that the married father-of-two had exchanged a number of sexts with a woman in the run-up to the EU referendum.
He was replaced by Damian Green, a key supporter of Mrs May and a former immigration minister.
Mr Gove joins ex-chancellor George Osborne on the backbenches in a dramatic change to the Cabinet team.
Andrea Leadsom, who stood down from the leadership contest on Monday handing the premiership to Mrs May, was put in charge at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Priti Patel, another prominent Brexit supporter, is now in charge of international development.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has kept his job - despite his failure to solve the junior doctors crisis and reports that he too was on his way out.
After meeting with Mrs May, he joked reports of his "death have been greatly exaggerated":
'Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated...' Thrilled to be back in the best job in Government.— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) July 14, 2016
The sackings came as Mrs May returned to Downing Street on Thursday to continue the process of appointing ministers to her new administration.
The firings followed a slew of appointments last night, which included Boris Johnson being appointed Foreign Secretary and Philip Hammond being made Chancellor.