LONDON:Sajid Javid has resigned as chancellor of the exchequre after Boris Johnson asked him to sack all of his advisers in a move by No 10 to seize control over the Treasury.
Javid has been replaced by his deputy, Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, who is a favourite within No 10.
Javid has been in post since the summer and repeatedly clashed with Johnson’s senior adviser, Dominic Cummings, over issues such as restraints on spending.
His shock departure comes just weeks before he was due to deliver his first budget. Sunak will now take on that responsibility, despite having entered parliament less than five years ago.
Johnson sprung the changes on Javid with no warning, leaving the chancellor and his staff shocked. He had proposed that Javid get rid of all his political staff and allow No 10 to create a joint unit pooling advisers with Johnson.
have been bad relations between No 10 and No 11 ever since Cummings
fired Javid’s press secretary, Sonia Khan, in August without consulting
him after alleging she was responsible for leaks, which she denied. She
had refused to hand over her phone and security escorted her out of the
Since then, there have been rows between No 10 and Javid’s team over the Conservatives’ economic policy at the election and the contents of the budget. Javid had been pushing for tighter fiscal rules, while No 10 wanted fewer constraints on spending.
No 10 had always insisted that relations between Javid and Johnson were personally fine, with the prime minister attending his chancellor’s 50th birthday party along with his partner, Carrie Symonds, a former adviser to Javid.
Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, one of five sons of Pakistani immigrant parents. Javid’s family were farmers from the village of Rajana near Toba Tek Singh, Punjab, from where they migrated to the UK in the 1960s. His father worked as a bus driver.
Rishi Sunak, who is succeeding Sajid Javid as chancellor, was already a rising star in the Conservative party. After standing in for Boris Johnson in television debates during the general election campaign, he was tipped for a promotion to a full cabinet position in the reshuffle. Mr Sunak has been described by senior Conservatives as Boris Johnson’s “favourite minister” — a safe pair of hands trusted to carry the Tory message, partly because he is a true Brexit believer.
Rishi Sunak was born on 12 May 1980 in Southampton, Hampshire to Yashvir and Usha Sunak. His grandparents were born in Punjab, India and emigrated to the UK from East Africa in the 1960s. His father Yashvir was a general practitioner (GP) and his mother Usha was a pharmacist who ran a local pharmacy.