A RIS­ING STAR IN THE CON­SER­VA­TIVE PARTY

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The 39-year-old Su­nak, who is mar­ried to the In­fosys co-founder’s daugh­ter Ak­shata Murthy, en­tered the UK Par­lia­ment in 2015. Since then, his staunch pro-brexit stance and strong back­ing of Prime Min­is­ter John­son’s strat­egy to leave the Euro­pean Union made him a ris­ing star in the Con­ser­va­tive Party, and earned him the trust of 10 Down­ing Street

UK Trea­sury chief Sa­jid Javid un­ex­pect­edly re­signed on Thurs­day af­ter re­sist­ing a re­duc­tion in his power, as Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son sought to tighten his grip on the gov­ern­ment with a Cab­i­net shake-up.

Javid had been widely ex­pected to keep his job — the sec­ond most pow­er­ful in the gov­ern­ment — as John­son fired some Cab­i­net mem­bers and pro­moted more ju­nior min­is­ters to top jobs.

He smiled as he en­tered the prime min­is­ter’s 10 Down­ing St. of­fice on Thurs­day morn­ing to meet John­son along with other min­is­ters who were be­ing pro­moted or kept in place. But a spokesman con­firmed soon af­ter that Javid had quit.

Bri­tain’s Press As­so­ci­a­tion news agency re­ported that Javid had re­signed af­ter be­ing told to fire all his aides and re­place them with staff ap­pointed by the prime min­is­ter’s of­fice.

The gov­ern­ment quickly re­placed him with Rishi Su­nak. He was pre­vi­ously a deputy to Javid at the Trea­sury and is re­garded as a de­pend­able John­son loy­al­ist.

Javid’s res­ig­na­tion fol­lows re­ports he had clashed with John­son’s pow­er­ful ad­viser, Dominic Cum­mings, a self-styled po­lit­i­cal dis­rup­tor who is mis­trusted by many law­mak­ers and of­fi­cials.

“Dominic Cum­mings has clearly won the bat­tle to take ab­so­lute con­trol of the Trea­sury and in­stall his stooge” at the helm, said John Mcdonnell, fi­nance spokesman for the op­po­si­tion Labour Party.

Javid had been due to de­liver his an­nual bud­get in less than a month — a cru­cial fi­nan­cial plan as the gov­ern­ment tries to boost Bri­tain’s econ­omy in the wake of the coun­try’s de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union last month.

John­son also has in­fra­struc­ture plans in­clud­ing a 100 bil­lion-pound high-speed rail­way con­nect­ing Lon­don to cen­tral and north­ern Eng­land.

Priti Patel keeps her job

John­son had in­tended to keep the most se­nior min­is­ters in their jobs. For­eign Sec­re­tary Dominic Raab, Home Sec­re­tary Priti Patel, Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Robert Buck­land and Cab­i­net Of­fice Min­is­ter Michael Gove were all stay­ing in post. AP

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