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Why did Sajid Javid resign as Health Secretary? – The Sun | The Sun

July 6, 2022

SAJID JAVID quit as Health Secretary on July 6, 2022, and called on Boris Johnson to resign as PM.

His exit came shortly before that of the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, as Johnson faces a massive fallout over the Chris Pincher scandal.

Why did Sajid Javid resign as Health Secretary?

On Tuesday, July 5, Sajid Javid resigned from the Cabinet, demanding Boris Johnson throws in the towel for the good of the Conservative Party – and the country.

In his resignation letter he said: "The vote of confidence last month showed that a large number of our colleagues agree.

"It was a moment for humility, grip and new direction.

"I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have therefore lost my confidence too."

The former Chancellor said: “The tone you set as a leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party and ultimately the country.

“Conservatives at their best are seen as hard-headed decision makers guided by strong values.

"We may not always have been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest.

“Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither.”

Sajid Javid quit as Chancellor in February 2020 over a furious row with Boris Johnson concerning his staff.

Mr Javid walked out on the Government after being offered the chance to stay in a Cabinet reshuffle – but only if he fired all of his advisers.

The former Home Secretary was appointed Chancellor by Mr Johnson when he became Prime Minister in July 2019.

Javid's time on the backbenches came to an end in June 2021 when Johnson appointed him Health Secretary after Matt Hancock resigned.

Hancock quit the post after his affair with his aide and "close friend" Gina Coladangelo was exposed in The Sun.

Who has replaced Sajid Javid as Health Secretary?

Javid was replaced by North East Cambridge MP Stephen Barclay.

Barclay previously served as Brexit Secretary under Theresa May, and became Chief Secretary to the Treasury when Boris Johnson became PM.

He then had roles as Minister for the Cabinet Office, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and No 10 chief of staff.

Who else has resigned from the Cabinet?

Rishi Sunak also resigned from his role as Chancellor.

In his resignation letter to the PM, Mr Sunak said: "The public rightly expects government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously.

“I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”

He said he believes the public are "ready to hear the truth. Our public know that if something is too good to be true then it’s not true.”

The MP for Richmond (Yorks) had been readying a joint speech with the PM on the economy, but said that in preparation for it, "it has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different".

He concluded: "I am sad to be leaving Government but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot continue like this."

There have been other resignations from ministers, Parliamentary private secretaries, and others.

These are the resignations so far:  


  • Will Quince – education minister
  • Robin Walker – education minister
  • Alex Chalk – solicitor general


  • Laura Trott, Department of Transport
  • Saqib Bhatti, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Jonathan Gullis, Northern Ireland Office
  • Nicola Richards, Department of Transport
  • Virginia Crosbie, Welsh Office


  • Bim Afolami – vice-chairman of the Conservative Party for youth
  • Theodora Clarke – Trade Envoy to Kenya
  • Andrew Murrison – Trade Envoy to Morocco

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