"It is worse": Boris Johnson "obstructed" by fracture with Sajid Javid | Policy


The rift between Boris Johnson's team and Sajid Javid is widening, government sources said, with growing concerns in Whitehall that disagreements are damaging the effectiveness of the Downing Street operation.

Two government sources stated that there was frustration in n. 10 and in other departments that the chancellor was trying to water down the large spending announcements that Boris Johnson wants to make at the conservative party conference.

They said that the n. 10 was becoming more and more annoyed by what he considered Javid's intransigence and was setting him aside in favor of Rishi Sunak, the chief secretary of the Treasury, with departments directed to talk to him rather than to the chancellor.

Insiders said that Javid was still without a chief media consultant after Sonia Khan was fired from Johnson's chief of staff, Dominic Cummings, and marched out of the building to maintain contact with an associate of the previous Chancellor Philip Hammond.

A Whitehall source said: "There is no sign of change, in fact it has deteriorated. Saj [Javid] remains furious because he is not part of the decision-making process on public spending. Everything comes from Cummings and a small number of n. 10 people. Many people are saying that the days of Saj are numbered. The number 10 is much happier with Rishi. "

A second government source said: "Relations between the Prime Minister and the chancellor are almost OK on a personal level, but there is a lot of tension on a lower level."

He added: "Sajid is acting as if he had obtained 45% of the votes in the leadership elections. He does not seem to understand that elections are coming and continues to say that he will consider policies in 2020, when this government may not even be in power. "

It is understood that the n. 10 is planning to make big and appealing announcements to appeal to voters in the home agenda, in addition to Brexit, at the party conference.

However, the source said that Javid was "difficult" in signing the policies of the conference that no. 10 and the departments want to implement on housing, including a more interventionist move to build more houses and plans for a longer settlement of funds for the NHS and social assistance.

Reports are believed to have deteriorated since Javid was enraged by Khan's dismissal. It emerged that the chancellor had not been warned in advance that he was about to get his marching orders.

Khan was accused of disclosing information about the government's strategy in Hammond, which is coordinating parliamentary moves to prevent a Brexit without agreements.

Khan was the fourth young woman in a month to be excluded from the prime minister's network of consultants and senior officials, leaving Javid without a media consultant before the spending review, where he exposed the details of a budget of 14 billion. pounds for schools and new police funding.

She was confronted by Cummings who asked to see both of her cell phones, sources said. After admitting she had spoken to a former Hammond adviser, she was marched out of the premises by an armed police officer.

The episode highlighted the simmering tensions during the summer between Downing Street and the Treasury. A Javid was ordered by the n. 10 to cancel a scheduled speech on the economy, while Downing Street took the initiative by announcing health, police and prison spending plans.

The day after Khan's dismissal, Javid caught the airwaves and refused to discuss the dismissal, but insisted that he had a "fantastic" relationship with the prime minister.

He told the Today program: "I will not discuss any staff problems, it would not be appropriate.

"The relationship is fantastic with the prime minister. Before becoming prime minister, he is a person with whom I went incredibly well. It is a real privilege to work with him, to work closely together on people's priorities ".

It is understood that the ministers make an offer for spending commitments of £ 55 billion, which have been reduced to £ 13.4 billion by the chancellor.

A source n. 10 said: "The teams of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor are working side by side to achieve an ambitious political agenda. This process could ripple some feathers in the departments, but the officials of both numbers 10 and 11 are used to it. "



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