Cabinet reshuffle: Mixed day for Norfolk and Suffolk MPs

Jes Staley

A Cabinet reshuffle by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Thursday resulted in the unexpected resignation of finance minister Sajid Javid.

However Mr Javid's resignation has thrown this into disarray.

Downing Street refused to guarantee that next month's budget would go ahead as scheduled, with a spokesman saying only that "extensive preparations have already been carried out for the budget and they will continue at pace".

Before being appointed as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sunak was the second in command to the finance minister as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and oversaw public spending.

Prior to that he was the parliamentary under-secretary for housing, communities and local government under Theresa May.

"They are going to create one special advisor unit that is going to span Number 10 and Number 11 which will be controlled by Cummings and that Number 10 team", Lambert.

The BBC's Business Editor Simon Jack said the prime minister suspected Javid might resign if pushed to get rid of his advisers and he described Sunak as an "oven-ready" Chancellor.

Johnson had earlier sacked Northern Ireland secretary Julian Smith, a surprising move given Smith's role in restoring the power-sharing government to Belfast last month after a three-year suspension.

"The Queen has been graciously pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Rishi Sunak as Chancellor of the Exchequer", Downing Street said in the official announcement.

After dipping slightly when the Chancellor's departure was announced, sterling rallied dramatically after it was confirmed that he will be replaced by his number two, 39-year-old Rishi Sunak.

Along with the ministerial exits, the reshuffle - which Downing Street insiders had predicted would be "conventional" before the row with Mr Javid - included promotions for MPs who are highly rated by Number 10.

Out of 26 ministers attending the meeting of the PM's top team, just seven are women - down from eight - and there are fewer women in the most senior roles.

Alok Sharma was promoted from worldwide development to become the new business secretary and he will also be minister for the Cop26 United Nations climate summit. Others were promoted, including Suella Braverman to the position of attorney general and Anne-Marie Trevelyan to the post of worldwide development secretary. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, Home Secretary Priti Patel, and Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove were among those staying in post.

Opposition politicians said the reshuffle was a mess.

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