Sajid Javid’s furious outburst with Boris Johnson: ‘Matter is not closed!’

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Former chancellor Sajid Javid was appointed Health Secretary around 90 minutes following Matt Hancock’s extraordinary resignation at the end of June. Mr Hancock fell on his sword after it came to light he had broken social distancing guidelines by kissing an aide while on the job. In a statement, Mr Javid said he was “honoured” to take up the role, which came following his short stint as Chancellor in 2019 to 2020 before he quit after a power struggle with No 10 – and in particular, with Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings.

While some welcomed Mr Javid’s return to Mr Johnson’s Cabinet, Mr Cummings was less impressed by the appointment.

Responding to the news, Mr Cummings suggested in a tweet that the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Symonds, was responsible for getting Mr Javid back on the frontbench.

The two have been good friends since Ms Johnson worked for him as a media special adviser.

Things between Mr Javid and Mr Johnson did not always go smoothly.

In August 2019, details emerged of a furious row between them following the sacking of one of the former chancellor’s closest advisers by Mr Cummings.

Only five weeks after being appointed to the role by Mr Johnson, a “livid” Mr Javid reportedly confronted the Prime Minister over Number 10 dictating spending policy and the sacking of Sonia Khan – a key member of his Treasury team.

One colleague said: “He’s absolutely furious.

“He doesn’t consider the matter closed.”

It was claimed Mr Cummings suspected Ms Khan of involvement in the leaking of the Operation Yellowhammer no-deal dossier to The Sunday Times, a claim she strongly denied.

It was also reported that she was escorted from 10 Downing Street by police after being fired by Mr Cummings and that her boss, Mr Javid, was not told about her dismissal.

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A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “On Thursday, 29 August, a police officer stationed at the door of No 10 Downing Street escorted a woman from the front door to exit gates as she did not have a security pass at the time. This is standard practice if a visitor does not have a pass.”

However, a few days later, Mr Javid insisted his relationship with the Prime Minister was “fantastic”, and declined to comment on his view of Mr Cummings.

A few weeks earlier, Mr Javid had been invited to the Prime Minister’s Chequers country retreat for a semi-social occasion.

According to a report by the Mail On Sunday, Mr Javid tried to impress Mr Johnson and his then-girlfriend with an £80 bottle of a little-known Tuscan red, beloved by the Duchess of Sussex.

Mr Javid arrived at Mr Johnson’s Buckinghamshire estate with “a stash” of the £80 Tignanello — after which Meghan Markle named her now-defunct lifestyle blog The Tig.

It showed Mr Javid was a keen student of the previous utterances of the Prime Minister, as Mr Johnson had once praised the wine as “delicious”.

During the leadership campaign, Mr Johnson told the website Politico Playbook: “Someone bought me a crate of Tignanello and I had no idea how expensive it was.

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“I was just glugging it back.

“It’s extraordinary stuff, it was delicious.

“I discovered later that it was the favourite wine of Meghan Markle.

“I was so amazed by this wine, I thought, ‘What is this stuff?’ ”

Some saw it as sycophancy or an attempt to connect on a social level after a somewhat bruising election campaign.

However, insiders claimed to the paper that the two men had already established a close working relationship — even comparing it to that enjoyed by David Cameron and George Osborne.

They said: “Boris and Sajid know that the relationship between them will have an impact on the functioning of Government and there is goodwill on both sides to make it strong — unlike before.

“It helps that this Chancellor will be seen as an asset to the party.

“Sajid is back in the inner circle by attending the PM’s morning meetings.

“They’re so close that they share a joke — not only has Boris adopted his leadership policies but his wine too.”

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