Labour says Boris Johnson adviser installed stooge

Business | 14 Feb 2020 12:33 pm

UK Treasury  chief Sajid Javid’s resignation yesterday followed reports he had clashed with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s powerful adviser, Dominic Cummings, a self-styled political disruptor who is mistrusted by many lawmakers and officials.

“Dominic Cummings has clearly won the battle to take absolute control of the Treasury and install his stooge,” said John McDonnell, finance spokesman for the opposition Labour Party.

Javid, who became Chancellor of the Exchequer when Johnson succeeded Theresa May as prime minister in July, had been due to deliver his first budget in less than a month — a crucial staging post for the government in the wake of the country’s departure from the European Union last month.

The prime minister’s office could not confirm yesterday whether the budget would take place as scheduled on March 11.

In the wake of Brexit, Johnson has vowed to take a more interventionist economic approach than some of his Conservative predecessors in order t o boost poorer regions outside the economic hub of London and southeast England. That involves ambitious infrastructure plans, including a 100 billion-pound (US$130 billion) high-speed railway connecting London to central and northern England.-AP


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