• Monday, May 23, 2022

UK General Election 2019

Johnson vows to keep Javid as Chancellor if he wins election 

Sajid Javid (Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images).

By: Radhakrishna N S

ASIAN-origin Sajid Javid will remain the Chancellor if the Conservatives win next month’s election.

In an address to business leaders in London on Monday (18), British prime minister Boris Johnson promised that the Treasury will continue to be led by Javid.

Johnson told the Confederation of British Industry conference: “I’m going to give you an absolutely categorical assurance that I will keep Sajid Javid as my chancellor. How about that?

“I think he’s a great guy, and I think he is doing a fantastic job, and I’m proud to count him as a colleague.”

British prime minister appointed his one-time Conservative leadership rival as Chancellor earlier this year after entering Downing Street.

However, their relationships strained after Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummings unilaterally sacked Javid’s adviser for purportedly leaking confidential information to her former boss Philip Hammond.

Javid was reportedly fierce with Cummings and his rapport with Number 10 soured.

Yet, throughout this general election campaign, the prime minister and Javid are exhibiting a unity targeting Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn.

Meanwhile, Javid today tore into Labour’s spending plans.

Writing in City AM, he said: “We will all pay the price for their fantasy economics — it will destroy jobs, burn people’s hard-earned pension funds and set our nation back.

“Their latest wheeze for ‘free’ broadband is their most audacious con trick yet.”

During his address, the prime minister declared that he will postpone a scheduled additional cut to corporation tax in order to free up £6 billion to invest in public services.

The current rate of corporation tax is 19 per cent.

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