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Sajid Javid furiously confronted Boris Johnson last night after his senior adviser was sacked by No10 without his consent.
The Chancellor was ‘livid’ after the Prime Minister’s chief aide Dominic Cummings fired Sonia Khan amid accusations she had leaked Brexit secrets to her former boss Philip Hammond.
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It exposed an apparent growing rift between No10 and the Chancellor, who faced the embarrassment this week of having details of his autumn Budget leaked by Downing Street before he had approved it.
Miss Khan’s sacking, as revealed by the Mail yesterday, after a stand-off with Mr Cummings at No10 on Thursday means Mr Javid must now prepare for next week’s comprehensive spending review without one of his most senior advisers.
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On Tuesday night, No10 also cancelled a planned speech for the following day in which he was due to set out his thinking on spending.
A senior Tory told the Mail: ‘They are deliberately trying to make Saj look weak. Sonia is the second of his advisers to be sacked by No10 in the past few weeks. They briefed the media he was going to cut fuel duty in the Budget without even discussing the idea with him.
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The firing of Miss Khan, a popular figure in government circles, sparked dismay among some fellow advisers yesterday, although Mr Cummings also had support for the move.
Downing Street insiders fear that they could face legal action...
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