Sajid Javid ‘voiced anger’ to PM over confidant sacking

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Sajid Javid’s special confidant was summoned to a assembly in tie with a leaking of supervision documents

Chancellor Sajid Javid “voiced his anger” to Boris Johnson over a sacking of one of his special advisers by No 10, a BBC has learned.

On Thursday, Sonia Khan was escorted from Downing Street by military after her confidence clearway was withdrawn.

It came after she was summoned to a assembly with a primary minister’s comparison assistance Dominic Cummings, about supervision leaks.

Both Downing Street and Mr Javid have declined to criticism about a issue.

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Asked about a sacking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Javid pronounced he would not speak about crew issues, though said: “I consider my views are good understood.”

He insisted that he had a “fantastic” attribute with Mr Johnson and called assertions from a Labour Party that he lacks supervision over a Treasury “nonsense”.

On Friday, shade chancellor John McDonnell tweeted that Mr Cummings was “obviously in assign of a Treasury, as good as No 10”.

Responding to a claim, Mr Javid said: “Every supervision has had opponents, they will always paint cinema that they wish to exist, though they’re not unequivocally there.”

‘Unhelpful domestic row’

The BBC’s domestic correspondent, Iain Watson, pronounced there seemed to be an spontaneous review being conducted into the trickle of a Operation Yellowhammer documents – consecrated underneath a prior regime during Downing Street – environment out a intensity consequences of a no-deal Brexit.

A Downing Street source had formerly forked a finger for a trickle during an unnamed former minister, call a afterwards chancellor, Philip Hammond, to write to Mr Johnson and ask him to “apologise for a dubious lecture from No 10”.

At a assembly with Mr Cummings, Ms Khan, who worked underneath Mr Hammond, handed over both her personal and work phones, and her phone logs were checked.

Evidence was found that she had been in hold with former colleagues who had worked for Mr Hammond, though not that she had been concerned in leaking any supportive supervision information.

No reason was given for her dismissal, though a BBC’s Iain Watson pronounced it was suggested a emanate was about either she could be devoted to be pure with No 10.

He combined that a exclusion – a second from Mr Javid’s group within a month – comes amid efforts to levy larger staff fortify in Whitehall underneath a new PM, including a crackdown on leaks.

A Whitehall source told a BBC a sacking had combined an “unhelpful domestic row” between Mr Javid and Mr Johnson, that was a “distraction from what a dual group wanted to speak about – some-more appropriation for open services”.

They combined that a primary apportion and chancellor had an “extremely tighten relationship” and this quarrel would not derail their routine agenda.

And a former apportion told a BBC he believed a exclusion was in dispute with a Ministerial Code, as staffing matters should be a shortcoming of a applicable apportion – in this case, a chancellor.

However, Whitehall’s formula of control does concede a primary apportion to repel agree from a appointment of a special confidant by one of his ministers.

This happened to Mr Johnson when he was unfamiliar secretary and Prime Minister Theresa May’s group blocked a appointment of Will Walden – a former BBC publisher who had worked for Mr Johnson during City Hall.

And Mr Johnson has also blocked some of his cupboard ministers from creation their first-choice appointments.

Ms Khan’s exclusion follows a new depart of another of Mr Javid’s advisers and a womanlike former confidant to cupboard apportion Gavin Williamson who had changed to No 10.

One insider says a bigger design is that, with Downing Street underneath new management, a disciplinary routine has to be reset – and that a gender of those who have left is irrelevant.

‘Like a mafia movie’

Speaking about Ms Khan’s sacking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former No 10 executive of communications Sir Craig Oliver pronounced it lifted questions about a longevity of Mr Cummings’ purpose in government.

“If you’re formulation to hang around prolonged term, we need to be means to build relationships. You need to know that supervision is a formidable appurtenance and that we can’t only simply go around banishment people but vocalization to their boss,” he said.

“It’s a bit like a mafia movie, almost, where somebody takes out a strike on somebody and hasn’t sought accede from a boss,” he added.

“That’s arrange of what’s function here during a moment, and a doubt is: how most does Sajid Javid pull behind and say, ‘this can't happen, we will not concede this to happen’?”

Javid income boost

It comes as Mr Javid affianced to deposit an additional £400m in serve preparation for 16 to 19-year-olds subsequent year when he sets out his spending skeleton on Wednesday.

Writing in a Guardian, a chancellor pronounced a income would assistance account new vocational education – T-levels – that are due to be introduced in England from 2020.

It follows a government’s proclamation on Friday of a multi-billion bruise income boost for schools in England over a subsequent 3 years.

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