- Boris Johnson reshuffling cabinet today
- Sajid Javid resigns as chancellor in bombshell move
- Julian Smith, Geoffrey Cox and Andrea Leadsom all sacked as cabinet ministers
- Question hangs over PM about who paid £15,000 for his Christmas break
- Live reporting by Aubrey Allegretti, political reporter
WATCH: Javid doesn’t answer questions after stepping down
PM ‘taking the Kirstie Allsopp approach’
The City has been reacting with cautious optimism to the promotion of Rishi Sunak.
The pound initially dipped as reports filtered through that Sajid Javid had quit – but when his successor’s name was floated, and eventually confirmed, the pound ticked up as investors hoped the appointment would be the start of increased spending.
Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com, said: “Boris Johnson is taking the Kirstie Allsopp approach to how to make Number 10 and Number 11 work for him: that is, just knock through.
“The fiscal floodgates are about to open – whatever brake the Treasury might have had on Number 10 has been cut entirely with this move.”
PICTURED: Sunak strides into the Treasury
The new chancellor tells journalists: “Delighted to be appointed, a lot to get on with, thanks very much.”
Javid adviser: ‘This was a power grab’
Old pals: The current and former chancellor days after the election
Rishi Sunak posted this photo of going to see the latest Star Wars film with then “boss” Sajid Javid back in December.
How time flies…
Can you guess who the longest serving cabinet minister is?
Here’s another piece of trivia for you…
ANALYSIS: Is this reshuffle hiccup what they wanted all along?
Javid first chancellor in 50 years not to deliver a budget
For all you trivia fans out there!
Alok Sharma promoted to business secretary – with responsibility for COP26
He makes the move from international development secretary, and takes on the role of organising this year’s climate conference due to be held in Glasgow.
Ex-adviser to David Cameron tweets
ANALYSIS: Next Northern Ireland secretary will have very full in-tray
It is rare for the sacking of a cabinet minister to be followed so soon by a foreign PM responding with a shower of praise, writes our Political Correspondent Joe Pike.
After Julian Smith was sacked as Northern Ireland secretary, Ireland’s prime minister Leo Varadkar tweeted that Smith was “one of Britain’s finest politicians of our time”.
Critics of Julian Smith claim he had two key failings: He was a “micromanager” and he “failed to communicate”, especially with the prime minister. Number 10 feel they were “blindsided” by the details of the January deal which restored devolved government in Northern Ireland after three years of deadlock.
Yet Smith threw himself into the role with an energy and dedication not evident under his much criticised predecessors.
He spent almost all his time in Northern Ireland and reached out to loyalist communities far beyond the Democratic Unionist Party.
Julian Smith’s biggest triumph was securing that deal, as well as strengthening relations with Leo Varadkar, paving the way for the key Brexit meeting with Boris Johnson in the Wirral last October, and ultimately the PM’s Brexit deal with the EU.
The next Northern Ireland secretary will arrive at a department with a very full in-tray.
The most difficult challenge will be making progress on the ‘legacy’ question. Working out how to deal with historical murders – those carried out by terrorists and those carried out by the military.
On that issue the clock is ticking: under the terms of the January deal there must be progress within 100 days.
SNP: Johnson embroiled in ‘ego battle’
Ian Blackford, the Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, responds: “Boris Johnson has lost control.
“Rather than prioritising the interests of people across the country, he is embroiled in an ego battle between his de-facto deputy Dominic Cummings and his former cabinet ministers.”
‘Son of a bus driver has been thrown under a bus’
One Labour MP has turned today’s bombshell news into a poem….
Javid ‘told he was best person for the job’