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Sajid Javid resigns following clash with Cummings

In a shock move, the Chancellor Sajid Javid has quit after allegedly clashing with top Downing Street aide Dominic Cummings.

Cummings is thought to have demanded that Javid dismiss his entire group of advisors in what is seen as a bid by Number 10 to gain control of the Treasury.

Javid will be replaced by his deputy, Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary to the Treasury, said to be a favourite with Cummings and his team.

Describing the situation as a “crisis”, shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Cummings “clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as chancellor”.

“This must be a historical record, with the government in crisis after just over two months in power,” he added.

Commentators have claimed there has been bad blood between No 10 and No 11 ever since Cummings accused Javid’s aide Sonia Khan in August of leaking material and fired her without consulting him. She had refused to hand over her phone and Cummings had security escort her out of Downing Street.

Posted on: 13/02/2020

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