Revealed: How ‘CHINO*’ the insulting No.10 nickname for Sajid Javid helped trigger big bust-up that led to his shock exit as Chancellor



Watch: No self-respecting minister would accept PM’s conditions – Javid (PA)

Boris Johnson began his fateful meeting with Sajid Javid yesterday by showering him with praise.

As the two men sat in the Downing Street Cabinet room around the famous coffin-shaped table, Mr Johnson told the Chancellor he was ‘the right man for the job’.



Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid arrives back home after resigning from his post.


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Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid arrives back home after resigning from his post.


The Prime Minister set out a vision of the two men working together to ‘level up’ the economy.





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But then he cut to the chase – the job was on offer only if Mr Javid agreed to sack his entire team of political advisers.

Mr Johnson cited a series of Treasury briefings which angered No 10, including one in which the department effectively confirmed the go-ahead for HS2 weeks before it was due to be announced.



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There was a danger, he said, of relations between No 10 and No 11 deteriorating to the level of the Blair-Brown years when the infamous TB-GB rows paralysed the New Labour government.

The PM said they had to be ‘more like Cameron and Osborne’, with Downing Street and the Treasury working ‘hand in glove’.

And the Prime Minister repeatedly told Mr Javid that he wanted to ‘start afresh’ without interference from Treasury advisers.

But Mr Javid stood his ground, saying it would be bad for the Government if the Chancellor and Treasury were ‘neutered’.

The Prime Minister suggested he take time to think it through. Mr Javid was shown to a room where a senior Cabinet Office official talked him through No 10’s plans for a new ‘joint’ team of economic advisers based not in the Treasury, but Downing Street.



Sajid Javid wearing a wet suit standing on a sidewalk: Sajid Javid arrived at Downing Street for the cabinet reshuffle where he resigned as Chancellor


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Sajid Javid arrived at Downing Street for the cabinet reshuffle where he resigned as Chancellor


The PM’s chief of staff Sir Eddie Lister and chief whip Mark Spencer also tried to talk the Chancellor round.

But it was a humiliation too far.

The ambush was not a total surprise. A few days earlier, a well-briefed article on the grassroots Tory website warned that the PM’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings wanted to sack the Chancellor’s two most powerful aides.

The article prompted Mr Javid to discuss the possibility of an ultimatum with close friends, who agreed he could not put up with being defenestrated by No 10.

‘We agreed there was no point carrying on if he was left with no authority,’ one friend said.

So when he returned to the Cabinet room his mind was made up.



a person walking down a street: Prime Minister's chief adviser Dominic Cummings arriving at No10


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Prime Minister’s chief adviser Dominic Cummings arriving at No10

He angrily told the PM that ‘no self-respecting minister’ could take the job under those conditions, let alone the Chancellor.

Mr Johnson made a final bid to change his mind, inviting him into his office for a private chat.

The PM is said to have made a ‘heartfelt plea’ for him to remain, but to no avail.

Minutes later, Mr Javid walked out of No 10 as the first Chancellor in decades to never deliver a Budget – and blowing a hole in the PM’s carefully planned reshuffle.



Sajid Javid et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: The Chancellor's six-strong team includes Mats Persson, a former head of the Open Europe think-tank and adviser to David Cameron - the ex-PM who once described Mr Cummings as 'career psychopath'.  Other aides include Samuel Coates, who previously worked at ConservativeHome, media adviser Tim Sculthorpe, Adam Memon and Jennifer Powell. Sajid Javid pictured at the party conference in Manchester last September with his senior advisors including Tim Sculthorpe (right)


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The Chancellor’s six-strong team includes Mats Persson, a former head of the Open Europe think-tank and adviser to David Cameron – the ex-PM who once described Mr Cummings as ‘career psychopath’.  Other aides include Samuel Coates, who previously worked at ConservativeHome, media adviser Tim Sculthorpe, Adam Memon and Jennifer Powell. Sajid Javid pictured at the party conference in Manchester last September with his senior advisors including Tim Sculthorpe (right)


Friends of the Chancellor say the seeds of yesterday’s events go back months, with Mr Cummings refusing to respect his independence.

In August, the adviser infuriated him by sacking his aide Sonia Khan without consulting him – a move that resulted in a large pay out.

Sources in Downing Street gave Mr Javid the mocking nickname ‘Chino’, standing for Chancellor In Name Only.



a woman walking down the street: Sources told MailOnline it was 'obvious' that Mr Cummings (left in Westminster) was behind the demands to sack advisers


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Sources told MailOnline it was ‘obvious’ that Mr Cummings (left in Westminster) was behind the demands to sack advisers


Mr Javid, who had a good personal relationship with Mr Johnson, protested. During the election campaign he sought – and got – a public guarantee that his job was safe, following briefings that he was just keeping the seat warm for rising star Rishi Sunak. At a CBI event in November, the PM gave an ‘absolutely categorical assurance’ that Mr Javid would keep his job, adding: ‘I think he’s doing a fantastic job.’



Boris Johnson in a suit standing in front of a car: Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street after handing bad news to axed ministers in his Commons office


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Boris Johnson returned to Downing Street after handing bad news to axed ministers in his Commons office


But Mr Cummings continued to chip away and argued that Mr Javid, his aides and their attachment to Treasury orthodoxy meant the Government would struggle to fulfil its promises to rebalance the economy.

And the Chancellor and Mr Cummings reportedly clashed again last month over the appointment of the new governor of the Bank of England.

Mr Cummings wanted to promote the bank’s chief economist Andy Haldane, who he felt was in tune with the Government. But he was outmanoeuvred by Mr Javid, who pushed through the appointment of Andrew Bailey.



Justice Secretary Robert Buckland's adviser Peter Cardwell - who previously worked for James Brokenshire and Amber Rudd - also emerged as a casualty of the 'bonfire of Spads'


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Justice Secretary Robert Buckland’s adviser Peter Cardwell – who previously worked for James Brokenshire and Amber Rudd – also emerged as a casualty of the ‘bonfire of Spads’

Mr Cummings was also reportedly angered by the Chancellor’s decision to back HS2, a project he privately described as a ‘disaster zone’ but is now going ahead.

Mr Javid’s allies believe Mr Cummings was against him from the start. ‘This is about Cummings wanting total control,’ a friend said. ‘But it’s true that he never liked Saj. Whether it was because he wasn’t a Brexiteer from the beginning, or because he didn’t go to Oxbridge I don’t know. He didn’t like him and in this Government if he doesn’t like you, that’s it.’



a screen shot of Sajid Javid: Mr Sunak and Mr Javid seemed to develop something of a 'bromance' at the Treasury. Only in December, Mr Sunak - a big Star Wars fan - tweeted about their outing to see The Rise of Skywalker with a picture of them arm in arm


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Mr Sunak and Mr Javid seemed to develop something of a ‘bromance’ at the Treasury. Only in December, Mr Sunak – a big Star Wars fan – tweeted about their outing to see The Rise of Skywalker with a picture of them arm in arm


Mr Javid put on a brave face yesterday, retreating to his home with his sacked advisers where they ordered food from burger joint Five Guys.

But in a brief televised clip and a letter of resignation, he made his anger plain. He urged the PM to ensure the Treasury ‘retains as much credibility as possible’ and warned of the dangers of surrounding himself with yes-men.



a person wearing a suit and tie standing next to a fence: Rishi Sunak (pictured) was quickly promoted from Chief Secretary to the Treasury to Chancellor after Mr Javid resigned


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Rishi Sunak (pictured) was quickly promoted from Chief Secretary to the Treasury to Chancellor after Mr Javid resigned

In a parting shot at Mr Cummings, he urged the PM to pick advisers ‘that reflect the character and integrity you would wish to be associated with’.



a man standing in front of a brick building: Comfort food? A Five Guys burger delivery of take-away food arrives at the Fulham home of former chancellor Sajid Javid. He ordered three burgers and sides of fries, both Cajun and regular


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Comfort food? A Five Guys burger delivery of take-away food arrives at the Fulham home of former chancellor Sajid Javid. He ordered three burgers and sides of fries, both Cajun and regular


The Prime Minister and his chief adviser got their way. But they have made a powerful enemy in the process.

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Who is in Boris Johnson’s new-look Cabinet

Chancellor: Rishi Sunak 

Foreign Secretary: Dominic Raab 

Home Secretary: Priti Patel 

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Michael Gove 

Justice Secretary: Robert Buckland 

Defence Secretary: Ben Wallace 

Health Secretary: Matt Hancock 

Business Secretary: Alok Sharma 

Trade Secretary: Liz Truss 

Work and Pensions Secretary: Therese Coffey 

Education Secretary: Gavin Williamson 

Environment Secretary: George Eustice 

Housing Secretary: Robert Jenrick 

Transport Secretary: Grant Shapps 

Culture Secretary: Oliver Dowden 

International Development Secretary: Anne-Marie Trevelyan 

Leader of the House of Lords: Baroness Evans of Bowes Park 

Northern Ireland Secretary: Brandon Lewis 

Scottish Secretary: Alister Jack 

Welsh Secretary: Simon Hart  

Attorney General: Suella Braverman

Chief Secretary to the Treasury: Stephen Barclay 

Minister without Portfolio: Amanda Milling 

Paymaster General: Penny Mordaunt 

Chief Whip: Mark Spencer 



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