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The battle of Downing Street: Can Rishi Sunak challenge Boris Johnson?

The battle of Downing Street: Can Rishi Sunak challenge Boris Johnson?”

Other big names leaving are Attorney General Geoffrey Cox and Northern Ireland Minister Julian Smith, who helped end the country's political stalemate.

George Eustice was promoted to environment secretary from his previous role in the same department.

He is replaced by Sunak, who was until now Javid's junior as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and seen as a rising star within the Cabinet.

Javid's departure as chancellor came amid a flurry of reports that he had been told to sack his advisors to stay in the job, and quit after refusing.

A journalist who has written an extensive profile on Dominic Cummings, has told LBC said the prime minister's senior adviser attempts to increase Number 10's influence over the Treasury was a key reason behind Sajid Javid's decision to resign.

The UK cabinet culling prompted accusations online that Johnson had "lost control", with Ian Blackford, the SNP leader in Westminster, suggesting the PM had become "embroiled in an ego battle between his de-facto deputy Dominic Cummings" and Tory MPs like Javid.

Mr Javid downplayed the rumours, saying people shouldn't believe everything they read.

Johnson's spokesman said a new economic team of special political aides had been formed to jointly advise both the prime minister and the chancellor.

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

The upheaval at Number 11 - less than a month before Javid was due to deliver his first budget - would normally be expected to rattle financial markets.

Mr Javid said: "It has been a huge honour to serve as Chancellor of the Exchequer and while I was very pleased that the prime minister wanted to reappoint me I was unable to accept the conditions that he had attached".

- Esther McVey lost her job as housing minister.

He used Thursday's reshuffle to announce Alok Sharma as his new business and energy minister, with a new responsibility for running the United Nations climate talks in Glasgow in November.

Oliver Dowden has become a full cabinet member as culture secretary having previously attended the meetings as paymaster general.

Former Brexit minister Suella Braverman returns to the Government as Attorney General.

Sunak is the second person to join Johnson's cabinet, the first being Priti Patel, the Home secretary.

But investors piled into sterling in the hope Sunak - chief secretary to the Treasury and an ally of Number Ten - will deliver a more radical budget to kick-start the economy.



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