Wednesday, 19 February, 2020

UK Treasury chief quits as Johnson shakes up Cabinet

It has been almost four decades since the UK had a genuinely reforming free market Conservative Chancellor
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Julian Simmonds It has been almost four decades since the UK had a genuinely reforming free market Conservative Chancellor Credit Julian Simmonds
Deanna Wagner | 15 February, 2020, 09:56

Sajid Javid was given the nickname "CHINO" - chancellor in name only - before he quit Boris Johnson's cabinet.

Sunak was until now Javid's junior as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and seen as a rising star within the Cabinet. His resignation follows reports he had clashed with Johnson's powerful adviser, Dominic Cummings.

Javid said that he was left with no option but to resign because no-self-respecting minister could accept the Prime Ministers demands, which according to some source were to sack some of his aids which Javid refused to do.

Speaking later, Javid said Johnson had asked him to fire all his aides and replace them with staff approved by the prime minister's office.

But the Chancellor of the Exchequer's resignation - which some commentators said might have been sought by Johnson's team all along - added to a sense that the Prime Minister would brook no dissent and wanted to have more control over the Treasury.

Along with the ministerial exits, the reshuffle - which Downing Street insiders had predicted would be "conventional" before the row with Mr Javid - included promotions for MPs who are highly rated by Number 10.

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Cressman further stated that if the locusts are not treated by control measures, they can grow 400 times larger by June 2020. So far, only around $20 million has been received; roughly half of which came from a United Nations emergency fund.

Now his Conservative administration faces the even bigger challenge of negotiating a new trading relationship with the European Union while also seeking trade deals with the United States and other countries.

Johnson's cabinet shuffle included the removal of Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Housing Minister Esther McVey, all high-profile women in the administration.

His sacking of Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith, who only a month ago had helped broker the restoration of a government in the British province, prompted criticism from politicians north and south of the border with Ireland.

But will it make the work of government and its power to improve people's lives any better? Last week, one of the Tories party MP Daniel Kawczynski attended a Racist conference in Rome and spoke alongside know Islamophobic leader from across the Europe which has disturbed the British Muslims and Muslim Council of Britain has urged the Europe Human rights commission to launch an independent review into Islamophobia in the Party, and look at all of its manifestations including tolerance for such hateful racism.

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

The 47-year-old Priti Patel has been appointed as the Home Minister.