Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor after refusing PM’s demand to sack aides

Sajid Javid has resigned from Boris Johnson’s government in a shock move during a cabinet reshuffle.
A source close to the former minister said he stood down after Number 10 ordered him to sack his team of aides.
The chancellor quit as the PM carried out a number of hirings and firings for top government positions.
Rishi Sunak, who was a treasury minister, will take over as chancellor in a significant promotion for the Johnson loyalist.
Mr Javid said that “no self-respecting minister” could accept the ultimatum from Number 10.
“He has turned down the job of chancellor of the exchequer,” the source said.
“The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team.
“The chancellor said no self-respecting minister would accept those terms.”
Mr Javid has been at loggerheads with the prime minister’s top aide Dominic Cummings for months, and Cummings’ fingerprints are widely viewed to be all over the shock move.
Although Javid was not sacked, he was essentially offered a package he would be unable to accept.
The two clashed heads in August 2019 when Mr Cummings sacked one of Mr Javid’s advisers without telling the chancellor in advance.
The former chancellor had also caused waves in recent weeks after publicly backing HS2 before the government officially backed the project.
Despite the tensions, Mr Javid was expected to hold onto his position, and was due to present the government budget in 28 days’ time.
Speaking on November, the PM said he planned to keep Mr Javid on as chancellor going forward, saying he was doing a “fantastic job”.
Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Mr Javid’s resignation left the government in crisis.
“This must be a historical record with the Government in crisis after just over two months in power,” he said.
“Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as chancellor.”
The other top positions in government remain unchanged. Priti Patel is staying on as home secretary and Dominic Raab keeps his job as foreign secretary.
Elsewhere in the reshuffle, Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith, Attorney general Sir Geoffrey Cox, housing minister Esther McVey, environment secretary Theresa Villiers, and business secretary Andrea Leadsom, were the senior figures to lose their jobs.

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