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Javid quitting as chancellor plunges government in ‘chaos’ just two months after general election

SAJID JAVID resigned as chancellor today just two months following the general election after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered him to fire his closest aides.

His resignation came less than a month before the first post-Brexit Budget and just two weeks after Britain left the EU, and was described as a “historical record” by Labour’s John McDonnell.

“A government in chaos within weeks of an election,” the shadow chancellor said.

“It’s clear Dominic Cummings has won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and has installed his stooge as the chancellor.”

The PM had been expected to keep Mr Javid in position as part of his Cabinet reshuffle.

Mr Javid’s former deputy Rishi Sunak – MP for Richmond, in Yorkshire, and son-in-law of billionaire Narayana Murthy – has been promoted to replace him.

Labour leadership candidate and shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey tweeted today: “Rishi Sunak, the new Chancellor, is a former Goldman Sachs banker who has backed anti trade-union regulations, tax cuts for big business, opposing tax avoidance clampdown [and] cutting tax for wealthiest.

“The mask is slipping already, this isn’t a different kind of Tory government.”

The PM is reported to have told Mr Javid that he would have to sack his advisers and agree to a team of advisers that they would share if he wanted to remain at 11 Downing Street.

Mr Javid said that “no self-respecting minister” could accept the conditions being imposed.

There is friction between Mr Javid and Mr Johnson’s closest aide Dominic Cummings after the latter fired Mr Javid’s aide Sonia Khan in August.

Mr Sunak was first elected to Parliament in 2015 and served as a junior housing minister under Theresa May’s government.

He was promoted as chief secretary to the Treasury by Mr Johnson in July.

Mr Javid’s departure from the top job came after Julian Smith was unceremoniously dumped as Northern Ireland secretary, Andrea Leadsom was sacked as business secretary, and Theresa Villiers lost her job as environment secretary.

Also, Geoffrey Cox was sacked as attorney general and Esther McVey lost her job as housing minister.

Home Secretary Priti Patel, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland were all confirmed in their existing roles.

Downing Street has confirmed that Grant Shapps will stay on as Transport Secretary.

Alok Sharma was promoted from international development to become the new Business Secretary.


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