Chief of staff Steve Barclay replaces Sajid Javid as health secretary
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MP for North East Cambridgeshire Steve Barclay will replace Sajid Javid as health secretary.
The chief of staff to Boris Johnson has been named as the government’s new health secretary tonight, according to Whitehall sources.
It comes after a shock resignation from Mr Javid and chancellor Rishu Sanuk on Tuesday, July 5.
The Prime Minister was battling to remain in No 10 after his handling of the row over scandal-hit former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher became the latest issue to raise questions over his judgment.
But an apology from the Prime Minister was not enough to prevent the departure of two senior ministers and potential leadership rivals, with both writing incendiary resignation letters.
Mr Sunak said “the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously”, adding: “I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
Mr Javid said the British people “expect integrity from their government” but voters now believed Mr Johnson’s administration was neither competent nor “acting in the national interest”.
Nadhim Zahawi will now replace Mr Sunak as chancellor, it has also been revealed.
Mr Barclay was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office in 2021.
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He was previously Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
He was first elected in May 2010.
Mr Barclay said: “It is an honour to take up the position of health and social care secretary.
"Our NHS and social care staff have showed us time and again - throughout the pandemic and beyond - what it means to work with compassion and dedication to transform lives.
“This government is investing more than ever before in our NHS and care services to beat the Covid backlogs, recruit 50,000 more nurses, reform social care and ensure patients across the country can access the care they need.”