Published: Fri, February 14, 2020

Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak is UK’s new finance minister

Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law Rishi Sunak is UK’s new finance minister

The UK PM has also sacked Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith, who had been widely praised for helping to end a political deadlock that left Northern Ireland without a regional government and assembly for three years.

George Eustice was promoted to environment secretary from his previous role in the same department.

Javid was immediately replaced by his 39-year-old deputy, Rishi Sunak, a former investment banker and Brexit supporter who is seen as close to Johnson.

But Dominic Cummings' push to decide who works in the Special Adviser tier across government and his desire to lash the Treasury to No. 10 has led to one of the biggest reshuffle upsets in living memory.

Mr Javid said that "no self-respecting minister" could accept the conditions being imposed.

The bombshell - less than a month before the Budget - follows tensions between Mr Javid and Mr Johnson's senior adviser Dominic Cummings.

Boris Johnson ordered Mr Javid to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by Number 10.

In addition, Downing Street pet "Larry the Cat" assured the public that he was in good spirits having said "thanks, but no thanks" to being offered a new role within cabinet.

Speaking outside his home, Javid told reporters: "I was unable to accept those conditions and I do not believe any self-respecting minister would accept those conditions".

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Wednesday appointed Indian-origin politician and Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy's son-in-law Rishi Sunak as the new finance minister in his cabinet.

Javid had been due to deliver his annual budget next month.

Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey are among others no longer in government.

What was billed as a "Valentine's Day massacre" reshuffle by some media outlets, turned out to be chaos for the United Kingdom government's finance department, ahead of a March budget.

Alok Sharma was promoted from global development to become the new business secretary, and he will also be minister for the COP26 United Nations climate summit, due to take place in Glasgow in November.

Oliver Dowden has become a full cabinet member as culture secretary having previously attended the meetings as paymaster general.

Foreign secretary Dominic Raab, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove and justice secretary Robert Buckland were all confirmed in their existing roles.

But investors piled into sterling in the hope Sunak - chief secretary to the Treasury and an ally of Number Ten - will deliver a more radical budget to kick-start the economy.

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