The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, left the government today in David Cameron's widespread government reshuffle. Grieve, a barrister, was elected to parliament in 1997 and had held the post of attorney general since 2010.
Grieve was regarded in the legal community as a sympathetic voice in the Cabinet over such issues as cuts in legal aid. He has also spoken in support of the Human Rights Act.
Other casualties of today's reshuffle were veteran former justice secretary Kenneth Clarke, who lost his job as minister without portfolio and Damian Green, sacked as police minister.
Announcements of their replacements are expected tomorrow.