Murthy’s son-in-law Sunak new United Kingdom finance minister

Government reshuffle: Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor

He will be replaced by former chief secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak - the move comes just one month before the post-Brexit Budget is due.

Mr Javid said it was a condition which "no self respecting minister would accept".

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

Downing Street says a new joint team of special advisers is being established to advise both the prime minister and the chancellor.

The UK PM has also sacked Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who had been widely praised for helping to end a political deadlock that left Northern Ireland without a regional government and assembly for three years.

His departure from the cabinet follows rumours of tension between Mr Javid and the prime minister's senior adviser, Dominic Cummings.

Amanda Milling was made Conservative Party chairman - a role in which she will attend Cabinet as a minister without portfolio.

More on the reshuffle that saw Sajid Javid resign as chancellor on Thursday.

Cabinet members remaining in place include Home Secretary Priti Patel; Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab; Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove; Health Secretary Matt Hancock; International Trade Secretary Liz Truss; Transport Secretary Grant Shapps; Defence Secretary Ben Wallace; Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg; and Chief Whip Mark Spencer.

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".


Gavin Williamson remains in his post as Education Secretary.

"Serving the people of Northern Ireland has been the greatest privilege", he tweeted.

Newcomers at the cabinet meeting on Friday will include Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who replaces Alok Sharma as global development secretary; Amanda Milling, who is minister without portfolio and chairwoman of the Conservative Party; and Suella Braverman, who takes on the role of attorney general after the prime minister asked Mr Cox to step down.

The government said Thursday that Alok Sharma, previously in charge of global development, would become business secretary and also take charge of COP26.

Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Mr Smith was "one of Britain's finest politicians of our time".

But allies of the axed minister said it was "absolute crap" to suggest Johnson and Number 10 had not been kept informed of the process and details of the deal.

Former culture secretary Baroness Morgan had already said she was leaving her role, while Mrs Leadsom, Ms Villiers and Ms McVey were all sacked.

The relationship between the Prime Minister and Chancellor is an integral part of any Government.

"This morning he told me that I need to make way for someone new".

Former Tory leadership contender Ms McVey said she was "very sorry to be relieved of my duties".

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