Boris Johnson shuffles cabinet, British finance minister Javid resigns

Darnell Taylor
February 14, 2020

"I don't believe any self-respecting minister would accept such conditions", Javid said.

Karen Ward was a special advisor to former chancellor Philip Hammond during his time in Number 11 Downing Street.

However Mr Javid's resignation has thrown this into disarray.

Mr Jenrick, a former Treasury minister, told BBC Breakfast: "What was proposed and is now going to happen is that we bring together the back office teams that advise the Prime Minister at Number 10 and those that advise the Chancellor".

The former chancellor chose to quit instead and was replaced by his former deputy at the Treasury Rishi Sunak. "That does leave us vulnerable to things like an economic shock, interest rates rising".

He was joined by business minister Andrea Leadsom and environment minister Theresa Villiers.

"Extensive preparations have already been carried out for the Budget and they will continue at pace", he said.

Johnson had earlier sacked Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith, a surprising move given Smith's role in restoring the power-sharing government to Belfast last month after a three-year suspension.

But the finance minister's resignation - which some commentators said might have been sought by Johnson's team - because of a dispute over Javid's advisers added to the picture that the prime minister will not tolerate dissent in his government.

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Along with the ministerial exits, the reshuffle - which Downing Street insiders had predicted would be "conventional" before the row with Mr Javid - included promotions for MPs who are highly rated by Number 10.

He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Local Government in the Theresa May government.

Newcomers at the cabinet meeting on Friday will include Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who replaces Alok Sharma as worldwide development secretary; Amanda Milling, who is minister without portfolio and chairwoman of the Conservative Party; and Suella Braverman, who takes on the role of attorney general after the prime minister asked Mr Cox to step down.

Ex-Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay has replaced Mr Sunak as Treasury Chief Secretary.

Johnson appointed Brandon Lewis as Smith's replacement.

Former Brexit minister Suella Braverman returns to the government as attorney general.

Out of 26 ministers attending the meeting of the PM's top team, just seven are women - down from eight - and there are fewer women in the most senior roles.

There are two other cabinet ministers of Indian extraction in the Johnson government - Home Secretary Priti Patel and International Development Secretary Alok Sharma.

Opposition politicians said the reshuffle was a mess.

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