Why did Sajid Javid resign as Chancellor? – The Sun
SAJID Javid quit as Chancellor in 2020 after a major falling out with Boris Johnson over his advisers.
Johnson has brought him back into the Cabinet as Health Secretary after Matt Hancock resigned from the position following revelations about his extra-marital affair.
Why did Sajid Javid resign as Chancellor?
Sajid Javid quit as Chancellor in February 2020 over a furious row with Boris Johnson concerning his advisers.
Mr Javid walked out on the Government after being offered the chance to stay in a Cabinet reshuffle – but only if he fired all of his advisers.
He is said to have been at loggerheads with the then PM's Chief Special Adviser Dominic Cummings after spin chief unceremoniously sacked a member of Javid's senior staff over an explosive leaking row last summer.
Javid said "no self-respecting minister" could accept such a condition.
He had been due to deliver his first Budget in four weeks' time.
The former Home Secretary was appointed Chancellor by Mr Johnson when he became Prime Minister in July 2019.
Javid's time on the backbenches came to an end in June 2021 when Johnson appointed him Health Secretary after Matt Hancock resigned.
Hancock quit the post after his affair with his aide and "close friend" Gina Coladangelo was exposed in The Sun.
The former Chancellor said he was "honoured" to take up his new position.
As well as overseeing the Government's response to Covid-19, he will be tasked with devising reforms to the funding and provision of social care.
Mr Javid tweeted tonight: "Honoured to have been asked to serve as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care at this critical time.
"I look forward to contributing to our fight against the pandemic, and serving my country from the Cabinet once again."
Javid, 51, has been the Conservative MP for Bromsgrove since 2010.
Who replaced Sajid Javid?
Number 10 confirmed that Rishi Sunak would take up the post as Boris's new finance minister in February 2020.
First elected to Parliament in 2015, Sunak previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the second in command to the finance minister, overseeing public spending.
Sunak is still in the position.
Who else was axed during the Cabinet reshuffle?
Andrea Leadsom was the biggest scalp, being booted out of her role as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Esther McVey was also sacked, losing her job as Housing Minister.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox also lost his job, despite being a loyal supporter who had asked to stay on.
The sacking came just ten minutes before he was due to take questions in the House of Commons.
Theresa Villiers lost her role as environment secretary, but insisted the PM would continue to have her "full support".
Mr Johnson also fired Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith after being "blindsided" by his deal which could see Brit veterans prosecuted.
Mr Smith had been considered safe after securing the historic power-sharing deal at Stormont.
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