Dominic Cummings expert reveals the power struggle behind Sajid Javid's resignation

Dominic Cummings expert reveals the power struggle behind Sajid Javid's resignation

Asked whether she was referring to Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson's special adviser, and whether she believed he is "a bit out of control", she replied: "I'm not going to attribute it to one person because there is a whole system there in Number 10 that sort of supports this".

Both women, along with Mr Javid, had been among the contenders in the Conservative leadership content last July that was won by Mr Johnson.

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

Sunak's appointment is said to be part of an effort to align the treasury more closely with the prime minister's office.

Smith, who had been in charge of parliamentary discipline for Johnson's predecessor, Theresa May, was the first minister to lose his job in the reshuffle.

After dipping slightly when the Chancellor's departure was announced, sterling rallied dramatically after it was confirmed that he will be replaced by his number two, 39-year-old Rishi Sunak.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Indian-origin Rishi Sunak as his new finance minister.

U.S. health official hopeful some evacuees may be released from quarantine today
As a result, another 14,840 new cases were reported in the province on Thursday, up from 2,015 new cases nationwide a day earlier. More than 43,000 cases of the illness have been reported worldwide, the vast majority of them in China.

Great Yarmouth MP and former party chairman Brandon Lewis will take over from sacked minister Julian Smith as secretary of state for Northern Ireland.

The prime minister had offered to reappoint Mr Javid on the condition he fire his team of aides - a demand rejected by Mr Javid on Thursday.

The BBC's Business Editor Simon Jack said the prime minister suspected Javid might resign if pushed to get rid of his advisers and he described Sunak as an "oven-ready" Chancellor.

In August Mr Cummings fired Mr Javid's aide Sonia Khan and it appears Number 10 wanted to go further in keeping a closer eye on the chancellor.

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. Others were promoted, including Suella Braverman to the position of attorney general and Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the post of worldwide development secretary.

- Esther McVey lost her job as housing minister.

Oliver Dowden became a full Cabinet member as Culture Secretary, having previously attended the meetings as paymaster general, and George Eustice was promoted to Environment Secretary from his previous role in the same department. Some key ministers escaped the chop, including Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel and the leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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