Not seeing eye to eye: Sajid Javid bids farewell as chancellor after disagreements with No.10


Sajid Javid has resigned as chancellor amid reports of a row with the prime minister about his aides. Boris Johnson carried out a post-Brexit cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday but prior to this, there were rumours about disagreements between Javid and Johnson’s advisers at Westminster for weeks. With less than a month to go before the budget that is meant to draw a line under a decade of austerity and “unleash Britain’s potential”, Mr Johnson has taken back control of the Treasury and there will now be a new joint team of No 10 and 11 special advisers. Mr Javid rejected an order to fire his team of aides, saying "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition. He was offered the chance to keep his role but refused. As a result, both sides decided to go their separate ways. He has been replaced as chancellor by Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rishi Sunak - who just seven months ago was a junior housing minister. Mr Javid was due to deliver his first budget in four weeks' time. With Javid’s resignation as chancellor, it leaves his successor, Rishi Sunak, with just under three weeks to pull together a budget that Boris Johnson has promised will bring a new dawn of spending to “level up” the regions and nations of the UK. The budget was also expected to strengthen the economy before the start of new trading arrangements with the EU next year. Sunak, who was part of the 2015 intake to the Commons, joined the Treasury ministerial team last summer after 18 months as a housing minister. Arriving at the Treasury, Mr Sunak said he was "delighted to be appointed" chancellor and had "a lot to get on with". Despite his short tenure in Whitehall’s most influential office, the Cambridge graduate will have no trouble settling in as he will be familiar with the issues Mr Javid has been dealing with in his negotiations with Dominic Cummings and No 10. It has been reported that Dominic Cummings wants a spending spree to be directed by No 10, with large sums for the science budget and a wide range of infrastructure projects. The former home secretary was appointed chancellor by Mr Johnson when he became prime minister in July. His resignation follows rumours of tensions between Mr Javid and the prime minister's senior adviser Dominic Cummings. A source close to Mr Javid said that he had turned down the job of chancellor of the exchequer, though it was expected that he would remain in place. Javid’s 20-year career and political rise Javid was born in Rochdale after his family moved there in the 60s from Pakistan. His parents and four brothers later moved to Bristol, where they ran a shop, and he went to the local comprehensive school and college for his A-levels. He studied economics and politics at the University of Exeter and attended his first Conservative party conference in 1990 when he was 20. His rise through the party, after almost two decades in banking, where he was managing director of Deutsche Bank, was rapid. Javid was elected MP for Bromsgrove in the West Midlands in 2010. He served in the coalition government as economic secretary to the treasury, then financial secretary. His first secretary of state position was culture secretary, following the resignation of Maria Miller over her expenses in 2014. This made him the first British-Pakistani MP to lead a Whitehall department. Under Theresa May, Javid served as housing secretary before being promoted to home secretary following the resignation of Amber Rudd in the wake of the Windrush scandal. He was the first BAME person to ever hold the position and spoke emotively about how he was “committed to right the wrongs of successive governments” on the treatment of people from the Caribbean. He also publicly apologised to the victims. However, in the wake of the Jamaica deportations of offenders, who in some cases had never been to the country, Mr Javid was vocal and stated that every single person on the flight was a foreign national offender. "They are not British, they are not members of the Windrush generation and they are all guilty of serious crimes, receiving custodial sentences of at least 12 months," he said. He added that they were guilty of offences such as manslaughter, rape and dealing class A drugs. Meanwhile, his promotion as chancellor was historic for the Conservative party and the prime minister’s “people’s government”, as he became the first person from a Muslim background to occupy the role. Just eight months later, he has quit the government without even delivering his first budget, allegedly taking a stand over the treatment of his staff whose jobs were threatened as a result of not “fitting the vision” that number 10 has. This isn’t the first time staffing issues have been made public. In August 2019, his adviser Sonia Khan was fired on the spot by Dominic Cummings over alleged contact with the previous chancellor, Phillip Hammond. Other reshuffle moves:

Paymaster General Oliver Dowden is the new culture secretary, replacing Baroness Morgan. International Development Secretary Alok Sharma has been appointed business secretary and minister for the upcoming climate conference COP26, in Glasgow. He is being replaced at the international development department by junior defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Health Secretary Matt Hancock is staying in his post, and Liz Truss will carry on as international trade secretary and minister for women and equalities. Priti Patel remains as Home Secretary Dominic Raab remains as Foreign Secretary Michael Gove remains in his role as minister for the Cabinet Office. Post Brexit sackings Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith and Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom have been fired. Housing Minister Esther McVey and Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers are also out of the government. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who attended cabinet, was asked to resign by the PM as well.

He is being replaced at the international development department by junior defence minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Boris Johnson is expected to appoint a new minister to oversee the building of the HS2 rail line. Plans for this were agreed earlier this week. #cabinet #reshuffle #Javid #BorisJohnson #DominicCummings