Sajid Javid refuses three times to rule out leadership bid


‘Sexism involved’ in attacks on Carrie Johnson, says Sajid Javid

Sajid Javid has said attacks aimed at the Prime Minister’s wife are rooted in misogyny.

Carrie Johnson, a former special advisor to Mr Javid, has faced accusations she has influence on Boris Johnson’s decision-making and “is preventing him from leading Britain as effectively as voters deserve”.

Mr Javid told Sky News: “It is sexist. I think the partner’s of politicians should be off limits. Why would you attack the partners, by all means go after the politicians. But why their wives, their partners, their husbands.

“This is just about going after an individual and I do think there is a sexism.

“It is undignified, it is unfair and it is wrong.”

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Emmanuel Macron heads to Moscow for Putin talks

French President Emmanuel Macron will head to Moscow for talks with Vladimir Putin this week.

In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche, Mr Macron said ahead of talks: “The intensity of the dialogue we have had with Russia and this visit to Moscow are designed to stop that happening.

“Then we will discuss the terms of de-escalation. We have to be very realistic. We will not obtain unilateral gestures, but it’s essential to stop the situation deteriorating.”


Javid denies Treasury held up NHS recovery plan

The Health Secretary said the plan to deal with the backlog caused by the pandemic will be published “shortly”.

The wide-ranging plan by NHS England to get down the record six million patients waiting for non-urgent operations and procedures had reportedly been expected on Monday.

However The Daily Telegraph said the Treasury had refused to sign off on the measures, despite detailed discussions with No 10, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS.

Mr Javid told Sky News that the plan will be published “shortly” and that he did not recognise reports that it was being held up by the Treasury.

“We will publish the plan shortly. What I would say about the Treasury, is that I couldn’t wish for a better partner when it comes to the challenges I have. I don’t recognise that at all,” he said.

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Prime Minister has ‘my support and confidence’ – Sajid Javid

Despite the pressure mounting on the Prime Minister, the Health Secretary said in an interview with the BBC: “Despite the challenges, and of course there are many, we are delivering, this Prime Minister is delivering.

“When he was elected with a record majority, so many commitments rightly were made to the British people.

“He’s saved this country from Corbynism, he’s delivered on Brexit, we’re getting on with the job of levelling up, he’s delivered the most successful vaccination programme in Europe, the biggest booster programme in Europe, making us the freest country in Europe and we have the fastest growing economy in the G7.”


‘We’ve got to be looking at what’s best for the British people – Tom Tugendhat

Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee and MP for Tonbridge and Malling said the party must wait and see what changes in No10 following the new appointments.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “I think the Prime Minister has just done his reset, let’s see what Number 10 brings out because there’s an awful lot of talent going in, as you know, there’s an awful lot of talent coming out, and let’s see what changes are.

“I mean this is a decision clearly for 360 or so members of Parliament and let’s see where it goes to, but I think the point remains that we’ve got to be looking at the future, we’ve got to be looking at what’s best for the British people and focus absolutely on how we achieve the results that we really need for this country.”

He added: “This is a time when we need to be really focused on what politics is actually here for, and that’s helping others and not getting into some sort of personal psychodrama.”


Sajid Javid refuses to rule out leadership bid

During an interview with Sky News, Mr Javid said: “I’ve been there and I’ve done that and I’m just focused on my job.

“It’s an honour to be in Government in any role.”

He added: “I don’t think there is going to a leadership election because we have got a leader in place doing an excellent job, is getting on with the job, he’s delivering on all the commitments that we have made.

“I’m there to support him, alongside the rest of the camp.”

Asked again if he could rule out a leadership bid, he responded: “There is no leadership election.”


More than 100 MPs ready to vote against Boris

Over 100 Conservative MPs could vote against the Prime Minister if a no confidence vote is triggered.

Although it is unclear how many letters have been sent in to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee, The i reports a large number of MPs are now ready to turn on Mr Johnson if a vote is called.

Under party rules, 15 per cent of MPs would need to hand in letters of no confidence to trigger a leadership vote.

Once triggered, the Prime Minister would need to secure 50 per cent of the vote in order to keep his position.


Tory MP doubts Liz Truss’ trip to Russia

Former Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick questioned Liz Truss’ planned trip to Russia on Monday morning.

Ms Truss is scheduled to meet her counterpart, Sergei Lavrov to discuss the Ukraine crisis.

Ahead of the trip, Mr Jenrick told BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour programme: “I’m not sure it is actually wise to go to Moscow.”

“I think that honours Vladimir Putin and plays into his hand. I just question the good sense of going to Moscow and honouring Vladimir Putin at a time when he is so aggressive towards Ukraine.

“I’m not sure that’s wise.”


Good morning, and welcome to the Evening Standard’s live blog

Here’s your morning round up:

– After a wave of departures from No10, the Prime Minister appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Steve Barclay as his new chief of staff and journalist and Guto Harri as head of communications.

– It is thought the Prime Minister will also announce Dame Emily Lawson as permanent secretary this week.

– Tory peer, Sir Charles Walker has called on the Prime Minister to resign following the backlash from partygate.

– Business Secretary, Kwasi Kwarteng throw his support behind the Prime Minister over the weekend, saying: “I think the Prime Minister has been very clear that he wants a reset in No10. He was very clear speaking to Conservative MPs on Monday and what we saw last week was him following through with that commitment.”

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