British PM Truss reappoints Ben Wallace as defence minister

Ben Wallace walks outside Number 10 Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's new Prime Minister Liz Truss reappointed Ben Wallace as defence minister, Downing Street said in a statement on Tuesday.

Wallace, who has seen his popularity grow thanks to his handling of the Ukraine crisis, had been seen as the early favourite to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister before he ruled himself out in favour of focussing on his defence role.

(Reporting by Sachin Ravikumar; Editing by Alistair Smout)