Lockdown ends early? Sajid Javid tipped to ’tilt’ Boris away from Covid restrictions
Sajid Javid might ‘tilt’ Johnson from covid rules says GB News host
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Lockdown measures are expected to be lifted on July 19 following the British Government’s decision to postpone the full easing from June 21 due to concerns over the Delta variant of coronavirus. Conservative MPs have long expressed discontent with the continued presence of restrictions, with the GB News presenter suggesting Sajid Javid’s appointment could mark a change in the Government’s strategy. Mr Sajid took over the helm of the Ministry of Health following the resignation of Matt Hancock on Saturday.
The GB News host said: “Hancock’s replacement is no stranger to the Cabinet table. Said Javid has been Chancellor, Home Secretary, Housing Secretary, Business Secretary and Culture Secretary over the last six, seven years or so.
“Quite the CV but is he the right man for health? And how will his appointment affect the proposed easing of the lockdown restrictions on July 19?
“That’s the really interesting point because we know Matt Hancock has been one of the so-called doves within the Cabinet who’s been a strong advocate for continuing the restrictions.
“You get the sense that Said Javid might tilt the Government away from that position somewhat which could have a real, genuine impact on our lives.”
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Mr Hancock quit the position after pictures emerged last week of the Tory MP breaking social distancing rules inside the department with aide Gina Coladangelo.
Mr McCaffrey noted his departure is unlikely to cause an upset among Conservative Party members because of Mr Hancock’s support for continued lockdown measures.
The GB News presenter continued: “In the party, amongst the Conservative MPs, there’s not an awful lot of support there.
“One of the reasons is because he is seen as one of these doves who’s been a quite big advocate for the restrictions, which is not where most of the Conservative party is.
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“I think it’s one of the reasons lots of Conservative MPs are probably quite glad Sajid Javid is the new Health Secretary and that Matt Hancock is back on those backbenches.”
Following his appointment, Mr Javid said he was “honoured” to be asked to be Health Secretary after Matt Hancock left.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Mr Hancock said: “The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.”
Mr Hancock said: “We owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down as I have done by breaching the guidance.
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In a video posted on Twitter, the former Health Secretary said: “I understand the enormous sacrifices that everybody in this country has made, you have made. And those of us who make these rules have got to stick by them and that’s why I’ve got to resign.”
Mr Javid’s appointment, on the other hand, marked a return to the top of politics after he abruptly left the Cabinet in shock fashion some 16 months ago.
He was just six months into his role as chancellor, and less than a month away from delivering his first Budget, when he quit after being told to sack all his advisers if he wanted to keep his job.
His departure in February last year came after a bruising Whitehall power struggle with Boris Johnson’s then-chief adviser Dominic Cummings.
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