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Former U.K. ambassador to U.S. who resigned over Trump critiques is made a Lord

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Former U.K. Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch was named a Lord by former Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday.

The big picture: Darroch, a lifelong diplomat who previously served as the U.K.'s national security advisor and top representative to the European Union, resigned as U.S. ambassador in July after it leaked that he described the Trump administration as "incompetent" and "inept." His comments prompted a rebuke from President Trump, who threatened to "no longer deal" with Darroch.

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Boris Johnson begins by blowing up Theresa May’s cabinet

Boris Johnson moves into Downing Street. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Newly installed Prime Minister Boris Johnson brought the Theresa May era to a screeching halt on Wednesday, dispatching 17 cabinet ministers and installing a team of loyalists and enthusiastic Brexit backers.

Why it matters: Johnson came to power through the Conservative leadership contest that followed May's resignation, not by winning a general election. It's highly unusual for an incoming prime minister to make sweeping personnel changes under such circumstances, and Johnson has sent a clear message that the Brexiteer flank is now in control.