Chancellor dramatically walks out after a bust-up with Dominic Cummings over a demand for him to sack his advisers
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Sajid Javid has dramatically quit the Cabinet, throwing Boris Johnson’s first reshuffle into chaos and controversy.
The chancellor walked out after a bust-up over Dominic Cummings’ demand for him to sack his advisers to end a briefing war, it appeared.
Mr Javid’s departure comes just one month before a crucial budget, intended to chart the course for the new government – and makes him the shortest-serving chancellor for more than 50 years.
Tensions have been rising between Mr Johnson and Mr Javid over spending plans and the power of the two offices. The chancellor also jumped the gun with his backing for the HS2 go-ahead.
The rivalry with Mr Cummings, the prime minister’s controversial chief of staff, dates back to the sacking of the chancellor’s adviser last year – when she was frogmarched out of Downing Street.
A source close to Mr Javid pointed the finger at No 10, saying “no self-respecting minister” could accept the condition being asked of him.
“The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team,” the source said.
“The chancellor said no self-respecting minister would accept those terms.”
Rishi Sunak, the high-flying but little known chief secretary to the Treasury, was quickly appointed the new chancellor, having been called into No 10.
Sajid Javid is an Alumnus of Exeter Uni