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Boris Johnson should 'fess up' over who paid for holiday, Labour say

Boris Johnson should 'fess up' over who paid for holiday, Labour say”

Johnson was on Thursday carrying out a cabinet reshuffle, his first since winning a comfortable parliamentary majority in the December general election.

The UK's main opposition Labour Party has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to clarify who paid for his Caribbean holiday over the New Year, after it was revealed that a businessman covered the expenses, a media report said on Thursday.

"He has turned down the job of chancellor of the exchequer", a source close to Javid said.

But the finance minister's resignation - which some commentators said might have been sought by Johnson's team - because of a dispute over Javid's advisers added to the picture that the prime minister will not tolerate dissent in his government.

Ultra-loyal Alok Sharma, a former minister for global development, was appointed as the new minister for business and also the head of the COP26 climate change summit, when world leaders will travel to Scotland in November. "I was unable to accept those conditions, I don't believe any self-respecting minister would accept such conditions".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson today reshuffled his senior ministers with Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith among the first to be sacked.

The British province had no government since Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) fell out in January 2017 over a renewable energy scandal.

"It will be based in Number 10 and Number 11 (Downing Street) and will jointly advise the prime minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as they work to level up the economy across the United Kingdom", the spokesman said, adding that Sunak had worked closely with his predecessor on the budget due in March.

Ireland's foreign minister Simon Coveney replied quickly, praising him for his work "at a time of real challenge & risk".

Smith announced his departure on Twitter, saying it had been "the biggest privilege" to hold the job and that he was "extremely grateful" to Johnson for giving him the chance to serve.

But Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, Johnson's de factor deputy, are staying. He was joined by others including business minister Andrea Leadsom and environment minister Theresa Villiers.

Boris Johnson has unveiled his new-look cabinet after a major reshuffle.

After years of political turmoil over Brexit, Johnson wants to focus this year on domestic issues, including investments in police, healthcare and infrastructure.

Ultra-loyal Alok Sharma, a former minister for global development, was appointed as the new minister for business and also the head of the COP26 climate change summit in Scotland in November, due to be attended by world leaders. The duo was to meet in the United States sometime during late-February after the Tory leader postponed their January month gathering, said the report. She responded with a blistering attack on his leadership, and warned that planning for the summit was "way off track".



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