Sa­jid Javid on...

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Boris John­son say­ing HS2 is too ex­pen­sive:

“Boris is not a mem­ber of the Gov­ern­ment. The gov­ern­ment is ab­so­lutely be­hind HS2.

“A huge amount of ef­fort and in­vest­ment has al­ready gone into that.”

Did any­one get his phone num­ber from the con­fer­ence app?

“I don’t think so. So far, no phone calls I would de­scribe as odd or any unusual mes­sages.

“I hope it stays that way. But from what I can gather, it looks like a bit of breach and it’s not very nice to see.

“So I hope that if peo­ple do come across the in­for­ma­tion, they just act re­spon­si­bly.”

Is the Prime Min­is­ter’s pro­posed “Che­quers” Brexit deal still vi­able?

“Yes it’s ab­so­lutely on the ta­ble. The Prime Min­is­ter’s put it on the ta­ble.

“The EU’s still eval­u­at­ing the pro­posal, they haven’t yet come back with their for­mal re­sponse to it.

“I sus­pect that’s not go­ing to hap­pen un­til the Oc­to­ber coun­cil meet­ing in a cou­ple of weeks.

“If the EU has some ar­eas where they want to come up with some bet­ter pro­pos­als, if they don’t like things, then they need to come back for­mally and tell us what that is.”

Should Theresa May stand aside af­ter Brexit?

“I think she should be lead­ing this party for as long as she wants to.

“She is do­ing an ex­cel­lent job in very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.”

Will he stand for the lead­er­ship?

“I’m not think­ing about that at all, I have a big task on my hands as Home Sec­re­tary.

“And there’s no va­cancy, so any­one who is think­ing about that is wast­ing their time.”

Is it true he told the Cabinet he wanted to axe work­ers’ rights and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion?

Mr Javid says he shouldn’t re­veal Cabinet dis­cus­sions, but adds: “Given that it’s not true, and I did not say it, I’m not re­veal­ing any­thing that was said in Cabinet.

“Be­cause I ab­so­lutely did not say that.

“I said nei­ther of those things.”

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