Published: Fri, February 14, 2020

Johnson urged to clarify who paid for Caribbean holiday trip

Johnson urged to clarify who paid for Caribbean holiday trip

Mr Johnson faced criticism at the time of his break for failing to cut his festive break short after the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by a U.S. air strike on 3 January.

British finance minister Sajid Javid resigned on Thursday, a surprise move that underlined Prime Minister Boris Johnson's desire to tighten his grip on government by jettisoning a minister who refused to toe the line.

Rishi Sunak arrives at the Treasury following the reshuffle.

A Downing Street source said much of what was being alleged by Mr Trickett had been made "out of date" by the updated statement by Mr Ross' spokesman.

"The prime minister said he had to fire all his special advisers and replace them with Number 10 special advisers to make it one team".

Did the Prime Minister accept the £15,000 donation without full knowledge of its true source?

Earlier, Johnson sacked his Northern Ireland minister despite his role in restoring devolved government to Belfast after a three-year suspension last month.

For now, Johnson is not expected to rock the boat too much, but he started his reshuffle with the sacking of Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith.

The British province had no government since Sinn Fein and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) fell out in January 2017 over a renewable energy scandal.


Javid served as home secretary in the May government and was among the final four candidates in the leadership contest to succeed her, won by Johnson in June.

Downing Street said the trip had been properly registered.

But there have been reports that the former City of London banker, born into a working class Muslim family, had clashed with both the prime minister and his influential adviser, Dominic Cummings.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox were also shown the door.

The prime minister's team had carefully choreographed the reshuffle, presenting it as an opportunity to foster new talent, particularly among women, while also rewarding loyal supporters to deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit.

After years of political turmoil over Brexit, he wants to focus this year on domestic issues, including investments in police, healthcare and infrastructure.

But Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, Johnson's de factor deputy, are staying.

One of the biggest strains between the two countries came to the forefront last month after Britain granted Huawei a limited role in Britain's 5G mobile network, frustrating a global attempt by the United States to exclude the company from the West's next-generation communications. The summit, known as the 26th Conference of the Parties, or COP26, is scheduled to be held in Glasgow in November.

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