Boris Johnsons top aide Dominic Cummings blamed for Sajid Javid walkout after Downing Street coup reshuffle


SAJID Javid dramatically resigned as Chancellor Thursday after Boris Johnson executed a ruthless government reshuffle to oust any minister that crossed him.

Westminster was rocked by Mr Javids walkout, that threw the PMs long expected post-election refresh into chaos.

Boris Johnson has ousted ministers that crossed him or his top aide in a ruthless Cabinet reshuffle

Sajid Javid resigned as Chancellor after a Downing Street power grab of the Treasury

PM’s top aide Dominic Cummings has been blamed for Sajid Javid’s resignation

It came after No10 mounted an extraordinary power grab to take complete political control of the Treasury, including firing all five of Mr Javids special advisers.

Also in Boriss Valentines eve massacre Thursday;

  • Five more Cabinet ministers were fired during an early morning summons to see the PM in his Commons office,
  • Boris shrunk the size of his Cabinet from 32 down to 26, relying on his big Commons majority to push eight hangers-on out of the room,
  • Allies declared the overhaul a victory for the PMs controversial chief aide Dominic Cummings, who clashed repeatedly with Mr Javid.

Seething at the Downing Street coup by his next door neighbour, Mr Javid issued a series of withering exocets directly at the PM Thursday night as well as his successor, the new Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Former Tory leadership rival Mr Javid declared that no self-respecting minister would accept those conditions.

The long standing former Cabinet minister also accused the PM of undermining the Treasurys credibility, as well as surrounding himself with Yes men.

Mr Javid the first Chancellor to resign since Nigel Lawson in 1989 – wrote in his resignation letter to Boris: It is crucial for the effectiveness of government that you have people around you who can give you clear and candid advice.

He added outside his old house in Fulham, having abandoned his No11 flat: The conditions which were attached was a requirement that I replaced all my political advisers.

These are people who have worked incredibly hard on behalf of not just the government but the whole country, have done a fantastic job.

I was unable to accept those conditions, I felt I was left with no option other than to resign.

Sajid Javid took a final shot at Boris in his resignation letter


Affter appointing Mr Sunak in Mr Javids place, No10 also announced a new joint No10-No11 economic team was being set up to serve both the PM and the Chancellor.

In tense talks that lasted an hour in No10 on Thursday, Boris told Mr Javid he was enforcing the major change because he didnt want a cigarette paper between their teams any more.

Instead, the PM said he wanted their working relationship to be like Dave and George, in reference to Mr Cameron and Mr Osbornes tight operation during the Coalition government.

Mr Javid insisted he would not accept, in a conversation with the PM in front of Chief Whip Mark Spencer.

Boris then broke up the meeting for a five minute time out, and then asked Mr Javid into his study for the two men to talk alone.

Aides say Boris then spent 30 minutes trying to persuade Mr Javid not to resign, but refused to back down on his key new demand.

The door remains open for a return to Cabinet for him, the PM is also said to have made clear, having being left somewhat surprised by his walk out.

Mr Javids allies say he had been given no warning of the ultimatum, and had been in Birmingham with PM to launch HS2 less than 48 hours earlier.

The No10 power grab could have major ramifications for government borrowing and spending, it also emerged Thursday night.

No10 refused to that the strict new fiscal rules laid out in the Tories election manifesto, and demanded by Mr Javid, remain in place signalling a fresh spending splurge is being planned.

It was also unclear whether the Budget is going ahead as planned, which Mr Javid was due to deliver in just 26 days time on March 11.


The PM also fired a raft of other outspoken ministers and others who crossed him or Mr Cummings.

Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Housing Minister Esther McVey were all sacked by 10am.

The other major firings in Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle

Among their acts of perceived insubordination, ex-Northern Ireland Secretary Mr Smith is accused of making promises to Sinn Fein about legacy investigations behind the PMs back, and Ms McVey challenged his refusal to build more council houses.

Others also fired out of the blue include Transport ministers George Freeman and Nus Ghani, Foreign Office minister Andrew Murrison, and Universities Minister Chris Skidmore.

Tory party chairman James Cleverly was also demoted, losing his Cabinet berth to become a mid-ranking Foreign Office minister.
Tweeting his news alongside a photo of his baby daughter, Mr Skidmore said: Got a promotion in the reshuffle to be a better Dad with more time to spend with this gorgeous little one.

Another sacked minister told HOAR he was shocked and gutted, adding: The PM has been texting me his support. Its clear this is a Dom Cummings cull of anyone who looks at all risky for them.

Boris asked me to be a Disruptor Minister. Then his spads fire me for being disruptive.


The days big winner was Suella Braverman, who was catapulted from the backbenches to the Cabinet when she was appointed the new Attorney General.

Others to do well were Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who also joins the Cabinet, promoted to be the new Secretary of State for International Development.

Another mid ranking minister George Eustice also joined the PMs top table, as Environment Secretary, as does Amanda Milling as the new Tory chairman.

Mr Johnson also saved two of his old allies that No10 aides were also pushing him to sack, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace and Commons Leader Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Other Cabinet ministers remained in post, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel.

The new Cabinet meets at 8.30am on Friday morning.

Whitehall grandees on Thursday night branded Boriss power grab on the Treasury as a mistake.

A former Treasury civil service boss, Lord Macpherson, said: Prime Ministers who seek to weaken it generally end up regretting it. No10 also carried out a clear out of ministerial advisers they didnt like.

The condition for Robert Buckland staying on as Justice Secretary was the sacking of his adviser Peter Cardwell, according to a government source.

But unlike Mr Javid he accepted the condition.

No10 also tightened its grip on other aides, with the new Business Secretary Alok Sharma told he wasnt allowed to take his adviser with him to his new department.

A raft of other aides will learn their fate at a meeting with top adviser Dominic Cummings Friday night, with several expected to be sacked or demoted.

Rishi Sunak replaced Mr Javid as the new Chancellor


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