Boris Johnson and Chancellor Sajid Javid are at the centre of a rift at the heart of the Goverment over the Prime Minister’s ambitious spending plans, it was claimed today.
The animosity between No 10 and No 11 Downing Street is over a serious of announcements Mr Johnson wants to make at the Conservative Party Conference at the end of the month.
No 10 is furious at attempts by former leadership challenger Mr Javid to water down some of Mr Johnson’s plans to open the cash taps with a series of announcements to the party faithful in Manchester, the Guardian reported.
Team Javid is said to be furious at the central role being played by divisive Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings, and efforts to bypass the Chancellor in favour of his more accommodating deputy, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak.
A Whitehall source told the website: ‘There is no sign of change, in fact it has got worse.
A rift is widening between No 10 and No 11 Downing Street over a serious of announcements Mr Johnson (pictured with Carrie Symonds last night in Downing Street) wants to make at the Conservative Party Conference at the end of the month.
No 10 is furious at attempts by former leadership challenger Mr Javid (above) to water down some of Mr Johnson’s plans to open the cash taps
‘Saj [Javid] remains furious because he is not part of the decision-making process on government expenditure.
‘It all comes from Cummings and a small number of No 10 people. A lot of people are saying that Saj’s days are numbered. No 10 is much happier with Rishi.’
Mr Johnson is believed to want to make domestic spending announcements in areas like housing, the NHS and social care, with Mr Javid wanting to take a more cautious, longer-term approach.
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Team Javid is said to be furious with Downing Street adviser Dominic Cummings (right), and efforts to bypass the Chancellor in favour of his more accommodating deputy, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Rishi Sunak (left)
At the end of last month Mr Javid was left ‘absolutely furious’ after the Mr Cummings fired his senior aide Sonia Khan for allegedly misleading him over the extent of her contact with Philip Hammond – her former boss at the Treasury and an avowed opponent of Mr Johnson’s Brexit strategy.
Mr Javid confronted an ‘apologetic’ Mr Johnson to demand an explanation about why Ms Khan had been escorted out of Downing Street by police.
No 10 tried to defuse the row by insisting that reports of a rift between Mr Javid and Mr Johnson were ‘grossly exaggerated’.
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