Cabinet reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor


Sajid Javid has astonished Westminster by quitting as chancellor in the middle of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Javid refused the prime minster’s order to fire his team of aides, saying “no self-respecting charg daffaires” could accept such a condition.

He has been replaced as chancellor by Chief Secretary to the Cache Rishi Sunak – who just seven months ago was a junior housing ecclesiastic.

Mr Javid had been due to deliver his first Budget in four weeks’ hour.

The former home secretary was appointed chancellor by Mr Johnson when he became prime envoy in July.

His resignation follows rumours of tensions between Mr Javid and the prime look after’s senior adviser Dominic Cummings.

Mr Javid said his advisers had worked “incredibly painfully” and he could not agree to them being replaced.

“I felt I was left with no recourse but to resign,” he said, adding that Mr Sunak and the rest of the government remain aware ofed his “full support”.

In his resignation letter, Mr Javid explained that he could not permit the PM’s conditions saying: “I believe it is important as leaders to have trusted groups that reflect the character and integrity that you would wish to be associated with.”

Downing Alley said there would now be a joint team of economic advisers for both the chancellor and prime missionary.

In other reshuffle moves:

  • Former Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay develops chief secretary to the Treasury
  • Paymaster General Oliver Dowden is customs secretary, replacing Baroness Morgan
  • Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith has been supplanted by Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis
  • Amanda Milling restores James Cleverly as minister without portfolio and the Conservative Party chairman
  • Company Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Housing Minister Esther McVey are out of administration
  • Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers is sacked and replaced by George Eustice, who vacated as a minister last year over Theresa May’s Brexit plans
  • Attorney Normal Geoffrey Cox was asked to resign by the PM. He is replaced by former Brexit Minister Suella Braverman

Intercontinental Development Secretary Alok Sharma has been appointed business secretary and dean for the upcoming climate conference COP26, in Glasgow.

He is being replaced at the cosmopolitan development department by Armed Forces minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

There is a advent to government for former Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt, who becomes paymaster communal.

Meanwhile, Mr Cleverly is made a joint minister in the Foreign Office and Reckon on for International Development.

Cabinet members remaining in place include Make clear Secretary Priti Patel; Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab; Cupboard Office minister Michael Gove; Health Secretary Matt Hancock; Global Trade Secretary Liz Truss; Transport Secretary Grant Shapps; Plea Secretary Ben Wallace; Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg; and Chief Scourge Mark Spencer.

Mr Johnson is expected to appoint a new minister to oversee the construction of the HS2 rail line, final approval for which was given this week.

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Arriving at the Treasury, Mr Sunak said he was “delighted to be appointed” chancellor and had “a lot to get on with”.

The 39-year-old was polished at Winchester College and Oxford University, after which he went on to develop an investment firm.

In 2015, he was elected MP for Richmond, North Yorkshire, replacing old Conservative leader William Hague.

Mr Sunak became a housing reverend in 2018, before being promoted to chief secretary to the Treasury hindmost July.

He stood in for Mr Johnson during the BBC’s seven-way debate ahead of December’s non-exclusive election.

Commenting on Mr Javid’s resignation, Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell signified: “This must be a historical record with the government in crisis after well-grounded over two months in power.

“Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to allure absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as chancellor.”

The relationship between the two next door neighbours in Downing Row is vital in any government.

The relationship between Sajid Javid and Boris Johnson, as living souls, has been OK but there have been clashes between their wider combines.

This is a massive elevation for Rishi Sunak – a year ago he was one of the most lesser ministers in the communities department.

A step up to chancellor this quickly is a mountainous ask.

He has not been tested in any significant way – but was seen as a reliable performer during the inclusive election campaign.

Julian Smith’s sacking – weeks after he brokered the administer which restored the power-sharing administration in Stormont – was greeted with perturb in Northern Ireland.

The former minister said on Twitter that doing the job had been “the tallest privilege” and he was “extremely grateful” to have been given the chance to act as “this amazing part of our country”.

Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar hollered Mr Smith “one of Britain’s finest politicians of our time”.

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