Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Boris Johnson chairing a meeting of the new cabinet and further government reshuffle developmentsJavid resigned after Johnson pushed him to sack advisersPolly Toynbee: Reshuffle’s message: power resides in No 10Boris Johnson’s reshuffle: who’s in, who’s out, at a glance 10.14am GMT In an interview on the Today programme this morning Salma Shah, a former adviser to Sajid Javid, said it would have been “incredibly detrimental” to him if he had allowed No 10 to appoint his advisers. She explained:I think Sajid rightly understood that not having his own political advisers would be incredibly detrimental to his decision-making power.You cannot have a minister that does not appoint their own special advisers because they cannot appoint anyone else.I think the thing you have to remember about him as a person is he is non-confrontational. He is not someone who is going to rock the boat for the sake of his own ego. 10.09am GMT In an interview this morning Robert Jenrick, who kept his job as housing secretary, denied that Rishi Sunak, the new chancellor, would be a “puppet” because No 10 is not letting him appoint his own advisers. When this suggestion was put to him, Jenrick said:That’s completely untrue. I know Rishi Sunak well and he is one of the most talented people in politics today.He is going to be a fantastic chancellor. He brings with him a great deal of experience from the private sector, he’s been an excellent minister in my department, and now at the Treasury. Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2020-02-14 10:14:26
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