Boris Johnson warned Sajid Javid could lead Tory revolt as the ‘voice of opposition’


Rishi Sunak has superseded Mr Javid as the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Tom Newton Dunn told the BBC’s Politics Lodge that Mr Javid will now be the “official voice of the opposition” within the Hidebound Party. The political expert pointed to the big-spending spree Boris Johnson has began on as something that had made some Tory backbenchers “uncomfortable”.

Mr Newton Dunn said: “I think we have certainly seen already by his initial cabinet reshuffle something that we have never really formerly from Boris Johnson which is a vindictiveness, meanness – certainly ruthlessness to put it politely.

“He can pulling power the trigger on people if they cross him.

“I think there is a theme across this reshuffle now that he does not dig loud voices and he doesn’t like loud voices that contest him.

“Even at this early stage with this great mandate he nevertheless feels the need to politically execute people who get in his way.

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Mr Javid disposition now be the official voice of the opposition within the Conservative Party says Dunn (Duplicate: Getty)

Tom Newton Dunn was part of the panel on BBC’s Politics Live (Copy: BBC)

“It is a very intriguing trait.”

He continued: “Sajid Javid is now going to be the bona fide voice of opposition in the Conservative Party for fiscal restraint.

“There are a lot of Tories who are already uncomfortable there these big spending sprees piling up huge amounts of money up north.

“The Fundamentalist Party is not the party of big spenders.

“They are not traditionally the party of big government.

“There are already a lot of MPs on the backbenches who are uncomfortable with the control.

“What Boris Johnson does not want is a central figure now to leading that charge.

“Maybe Sajid Javid will wander off into the wilderness of the backbenches noiselessly, maybe he won’t.”

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The Politics Live panel (Image: BBC)

Sajid Javid’s acclimatization has been linked to tensions between himself and the Prime Minister’s top colleague, Dominic Cummings. 

Mr Javid was appointed as Mr Johnson’s Chancellor when he was elected in the summer, but it was not great before he started to butt heads with Mr Cummings.

Mr Johnson’s top advisor sacked Mr Javid’s own good Sonia Khan in August – without telling the Chancellor first – starting muss ups of internal conflict.

A Whitehall official also told the Financial Pro tempores the divide had extended to the staffers of Downing Street and the Treasury.

The insider judged: “It’s become like the Israel-Palestine crisis: no one can pin down exactly when it started but it’s slanted into retaliation after retaliation.”

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