This is what Sajid Javid
It’s been a huge honor to serve as chancellor of the exchequer. Whilst I was very pleased that the prime minister wanted to reappoint me, I was unable to accept the conditions that he had attached, so I felt that I was left with no option other than to resign.
Now, my successor has my full support and the prime minister continues to enjoy my full support, as does the government.
Q: Did you regard yourself as chancellor in name only [Chino – a nicknamed coined by his enemies. See 12.56pm] If so, was that because of the influence of Dominic Cummings?
The conditions that were attached was a requirement that I replace all my political advisers. These are people who have worked incredibly hard on behalf of, not just the government, but the whole country, done a fantastic job. I was unable to accept those conditions. I don’t believe any self-respecting minister would accept these conditions. And so therefore I felt the best thing to do was to go.
Q: Were those conditions imposed by Mr Cummings? Mr Cummings?
Those were the conditions requested by the prime minister. That was, of course, his prerogative. And, as I say, my successor has my full support, as does the prime minister, and I will continue to support this government in every way I can from the backbenches.
Sajid Javid has spoken to the BBC. He said he could not accept the conditions attached to the offer for him to stay in post.
But he said Rishi Sunak had his full support.
I’ll post the full quotes in a moment.
No 30 refuses to say budget will go ahead as planned on March after Javid’s resignation )
The Downing Street lobby briefing is over. Here are some of the key points.
Gordon Rayner (@ gordonrayner) BREAKING: Downing Street UNABLE to confirm whether (Budget) will go ahead on March . PM’s spokesman only says “preparations have been carried out and will continue at pace.” (February) , 37871 Cat Neilan (@ CatNeilan) No confirmation from Downing St on whether Budget will go ahead on March 30
Spokesman says: “Preparations have been carried out and will continue at pace”. (February) ,
If the budget is delayed, it will be the second time this has happened. During the general election campaign the Conservative party put out a press release saying that during the 399 days of a new government Boris Johnson
would be “delivering a post-Brexit budget in February which will cut taxes for hardworking families.” That plan was shelved, and the budget was scheduled for March. The Telegraph’s Anna Mikhailova says the budget cannot be delayed much longer. Anna Mikhailova (@ AVMikhailova) Interesting. By law there has to be a Budget by 5 April – one per tax year
Anything later than March leaves very little room to make meaningful changes in time for the 38 tax year
There also has to be two OBR forecasts a year – so will be in quick succession by April 5 (https://t.co/L6XdrnvRrW) , Downing Street has confirmed that special advisers working for No and the Treasury will be pooled. Nick Eardley (@ nickeardleybbc)
Number Ten confirms No and Spads will be pooled and jointly advise PM and chancellor
All ultimately accountable to PM (as all advisors are in contracts)
, No 28 refused to confirm that Sajid Javid’s fiscal rules would be maintained. Tom Newton Dunn (@ tnewtondunn) (No) have just refused to confirm the Govt’s own new fiscal rules laid out in the Tory election manifesto remain in place. A strong suggestion that more borrowing and spending is imminent.
, Nick Eardley (@ nickeardleybbc) Interestingly No (cagey on whether fiscal rules set out by (Sajid Javid still stand) although many in manifesto) , Downing Street refused to give any more details about who paid for the PM’s winter holiday.Peter Walker (@ peterwalker ) Amazing. No refuses about 36 times to say any more about Johnson’s villa stay, beyond “all relevant transparency regulations have been met”. We still don’t know who owns the villa and who paid for the stay. (February) ,
As my colleague Rajeev SyalReports, Labor is demanding an inquiry because Johnson is not saying clearly who did pay for the holiday. and @ DFID_UK – two really great departments with brilliant public servants we should all be immensely proud of. Good luck to my successor!