The chancellor Sajid Javid has stunned Westminster by announcing his resignation on cabinet reshuffle day, following an explosive background row behind the scenes with Boris Johnson and his chief Number 10 aide Dominic Cummings.
Last week BuzzFeed News reported that Javid and Cummings were at war, with Cummings wanting Javid sacked.
Johnson’s decision to replace Javid with Sunak — who was his chief secretary to the Treasury and a key Number 10 ally — will ultimately be seen as a major win for Cummings.
The Number 10 and Treasury teams will now be more closely aligned and work together as a new joint unit.
Javid’s decision to resign on principle over his special advisers was praised by Labour opponents:

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