Tory minister says people don’t care if he dumps his aide to save his skin

A Tory minister has said that people don't care if ministers dump their aides to keep their jobs after Sajid Javid decided to quit rather than sack his team.

Javid was set to keep his job – but he quit as Chancellor when Number 10 ordered him to sack his team of advisors.

Speaking outside his home in London he said: “I don’t believe any self-respecting minister would accept such conditions so therefore I felt the best thing to do was to go”, he said in a jibe at his successor.

But today Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said he didn't believe the public cared about whether or not ministers abandoned their staff.

He told the BBC: "I think what matters to the public is not who the advisers are or how the Government structures them, but what we are trying to achieve.

"There is a lot we want to get done. This is an incredibly important year for the country.

"We left the EU in January, we want to ensure the Budget is a very strong one that really begins to deliver on what we promised in that general election.

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"The Prime Minister is very much in charge. He chooses the top team and how they are structured.

"We in Government are completely focused on getting things done, delivering on the priorities of the public – not on special advisers or how Government is run internally."

Asked if he would stand by his staff, Mr Jenrick refused to answer saying: "I wasn't put in that position of course I have a fantastic team around me."

In contrast it's understood that Justice Secretary Robert Buckland was asked to sack his aide to keep his job and did so. 

Mr Javid – the most high profile person to leave the government – was replaced by his deputy Rishi Sunak.

He said it had been a "huge honour" to serve as chancellor, one of the four great offices of state.

But he refused to give in to the conditions imposed by Boris Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings.

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When asked whether the conditions were put forward by Mr Cummings, he said they were imposed "by the Prime Minister".

He added: "My successor has my full support as does the Prime Minister."

In the resignation he sent to Boris Johnson, Javid urged the PM to "ensure he Treasury as an institution retains as much credibility as possible".

He repeated his explanation that he "could no accept the conditions attached to the reappointment".

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In a pointed remark he said: "It is crucial for the effectiveness of government that you have people around you who can give you clear and candid advice, as I have always sought to do.

"I also believe that it is important as leaders to have trusted teams that reflect the character and integrity that you would wish to be associated with."

He urged the PM to not to "waste a moment" in delivering on the promise made in the election to "lead us forward into a decade of social and economic renewal".

It is thought to be the first time a Chancellor has resigned in protest for 31 years after Nigel Lawson quit under Margaret Thatcher in 1989.

His resignation makes Mr Javid the shortest-serving Chancellor for 50 years – and the last one only left the job because he died.

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Johnson's team had carefully choreographed the reshuffle, presenting it as an opportunity to foster new talent, particularly among women, while also rewarding loyalists.

But Sajid's resignation added to a sense that the prime minister wanted to have more control over the Treasury.

Johnson's spokesman said the British leader had set up a new economic team to advise both the prime minister and finance minister so that the two could work closely together.

"It will be based in Number 10 and Number 11 (Downing Street) and will jointly advise the prime minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer as they work to level up the economy across the UK," the spokesman said, adding that Sunak had worked closely with his predecessor on the budget due in March.

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