Ex-Finance Minister Javid wishes Johnson ‘happy Valentine’s Day’

The new cabinet will meet for the first time today – minus one former chancellor who triggered Boris Johnson’s first real crisis since the election by quitting rather than be neutered by the PM’s closest adviser Dominic Cummings.

Sajid Javid has wished Johnson a “happy Valentine’s Day” following his stunning resignation on Thursday after he refused to accept an order to fire his closest aides and replace them with advisers chosen by No 10.

Leaving his south-west London home on Friday morning, Javid was asked by reporters if he had a message for Johnson. As he walked towards his ministerial car, he answered: “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Dominic Cummings, meanwhile, declined to answer questions about the reshuffle as he left his home, saying “Sorry everyone I’ve got to go” as he climbed into a waiting taxi.

Cummings did chuckle when asked if he was the Thomas Cromwell of British politics.

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