Chancellor Sajid Javid QUITS as power struggle at heart of Downing Street explodes – The Sun

SAJID Javid has quit as Chancellor as the power struggle at the heart of Downing Street exploded.

Mr Javid, Britain's first Asian Chancellor, walked after BoJo told him he had to fire all of his advisers.

He said that "no self-respecting minister" could accept getting rid of his staff.

A source close to Mr Javid said: "He has turned down the job of Chancellor of the Exchequer.

"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 Chancellor said no self-respecting minister would accept those terms."

His shock resignation comes with his first budget due in less than a month.

He will be replaced by Rishi Sunak, 39, an up and coming member of the Treasury who was seen arriving at Downing Street moments after the shock announcement.

Labour shadow chancellor John McDonnell wasted no time laying into No.10.

He said: “This must be a historical record with the Government in crisis after just over two months in power.

"Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge as Chancellor.”

Andrea Leadsom was also fired this morning, 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 AG 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 Mr 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.

However, the PM has now booted him out over part of the deal which included an investigation into alleged crimes by British soldiers in the Troubles.

Speaking yesterday, a senior government source said: “There is concern about the way he’s been operating".

It comes despite the cabinet being fully briefed on the deal before it was agreed.

The sacking was made in a landmark reshuffle, that will see the PM promote a string of women in his first Cabinet reshuffle since the election.

Nusrat Ghani was out as transport minister, Chris Skidmore from education and George Freeman out of transport.

The shake-up will create a 50/50 gender split among Parliamentary Under Secretaries of State — the most junior rank of ministers.

And parliamentary aides, the lowest, will eventually be 60 per cent female by the summer.

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