Sajid Javid leaves his London home as he’s seen for first time since replacing cheating Hancock

Sajid Javid today announced his ‘most immediate priority’ will be ending the pandemic as soon as possible and praised cheating Matt Hancock’s record in government after the disgraced former minister was pictured flouting coronavirus restrictions.  

Speaking to the media for the first time since becoming Health Secretary on Saturday, Mr Javid said: ‘I just want to start by saying I think Matt Hancock worked incredibly hard, he achieved a lot, and I’m sure he will have more to offer in public life.

‘I was honoured to take up this position. I also know that it comes with a huge responsibility and I will do everything I can to make sure that I deliver for this great country.

‘We are still in a pandemic and I want to see that come to an end as soon as possible and that will be my most immediate priority, to see that we can return to normal as soon and as quickly as possible.’  

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer left government in February 2020 after Boris Johnson tried to sack his entire team and amid rumours of a stormy relationship with former senior No10 aide Dominic Cummings, who himself resigned in November last year.

Mr Javid has returned to the Prime Minister’s cabinet as an emergency replacement for Mr Hancock, who resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years Martha after the Sun newspaper splashed images of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office.

The Prime Minister faced a tsunami of calls to sack Mr Hancock from Labour and anti-lockdown Tories after photos and video showed the disgraced former minister flouting the very restrictions he imposed on millions of people during the pandemic.

Leading medics are warning Mr Javid that he faces a ‘baptism of fire’ in his new role and will need to be ‘honest’ with the public over tackling a backlog of care and negotiate the resources that the NHS needs as successive lockdowns push the health service to its limit. 

British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that BMA members were ‘feeling absolutely exhausted after 15 months of this pandemic, many have worked flat-out without breaks’.

Speaking to Sky News this morning, the doctor added there were ‘a record five plus million patients on waiting lists’ which ‘doesn’t include about 20 million patients who were not seen in outpatient clinics last year’. 

He said that ‘about four in 10 say their mental health is worse than before the pandemic significantly’, with ‘about one in three saying they’re going to be retiring the next year’.

This came on the back of about 8,500 unfilled doctor vacancies and about 80,000 vacancies in the NHS that have been unfilled, he said.








Sajid Javid was pictured leaving his house in London this morning as he is seen in public for the first time since taking over cheating Matt Hancock's position as Health Secretary

Sajid Javid was pictured leaving his house in London this morning as he is seen in public for the first time since taking over cheating Matt Hancock's position as Health Secretary

Sajid Javid was pictured leaving his house in London this morning as he is seen in public for the first time since taking over cheating Matt Hancock’s position as Health Secretary

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer left government in February 2020 after Boris Johnson tried to sack his entire team and amid rumours of a stormy relationship with ex-No10 aide Dominic Cummings, who himself resigned in November last year

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer left government in February 2020 after Boris Johnson tried to sack his entire team and amid rumours of a stormy relationship with ex-No10 aide Dominic Cummings, who himself resigned in November last year

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer left government in February 2020 after Boris Johnson tried to sack his entire team and amid rumours of a stormy relationship with ex-No10 aide Dominic Cummings, who himself resigned in November last year

Mr Javid has returned to the Prime Minister's cabinet as an emergency replacement for Mr Hancock, who resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years Martha after the Sun newspaper splashed images of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office

Mr Javid has returned to the Prime Minister's cabinet as an emergency replacement for Mr Hancock, who resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years Martha after the Sun newspaper splashed images of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office

Mr Javid has returned to the Prime Minister’s cabinet as an emergency replacement for Mr Hancock, who resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years Martha after the Sun newspaper splashed images of him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office

British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that BMA members were 'feeling absolutely exhausted after 15 months of this pandemic, many have worked flat-out without breaks'

British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that BMA members were 'feeling absolutely exhausted after 15 months of this pandemic, many have worked flat-out without breaks'

British Medical Association council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said that BMA members were ‘feeling absolutely exhausted after 15 months of this pandemic, many have worked flat-out without breaks’

The news came less than two hours after Matt Hancock announced his resignation from the position following the emergence of video footage showing him kissing an aide in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions

The news came less than two hours after Matt Hancock announced his resignation from the position following the emergence of video footage showing him kissing an aide in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions

The news came less than two hours after Matt Hancock announced his resignation from the position following the emergence of video footage showing him kissing an aide in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions 

Dr Nagpaul said: ‘This comes at a time when the new Health Secretary was going to see a baptism of fire, he won’t have the luxury of a phased handover, he’ll have to make every day count.’ 

He added: ‘Many of those patients will become more ill as time goes on. Many of them have health conditions, which if they’re not treated promptly, will become more serious.

‘And what he will need to do is manage that crisis in a way that delivers prioritisation, but also be honest with the public about the length of time it’s going to take.

‘And as a health secretary, and a former chancellor, he’s going to need to negotiate the resources that the NHS needs. The Government has not costed for the several billions of pounds that are going to be needed to address this backlog.’

Dr Nagpaul said Mr Javid will need to address issues around pay and recruitment, adding health workers wanted to hear that ‘he understands the workforce’.

‘The health service cannot survive without its workforce,’ he said.

Mr Javid, a former Eurosceptic who embraced Remain under Theresa May’s premiership, stepped up planning for No Deal and focused on delivering Brexit as chancellor.

But old tensions emerged with the Vote Leave camp, led by Mr Cummings, in No10. The senior aide sought to take control of the Treasury operation, publicly firing Mr Javid’s adviser Sonia Khan within the first month. After becoming Chancellor, Mr Javid sought to downplay reports of a rift, but there was a power struggle during Mr Johnson’s first reshuffle.

Following a No10 power grab, Mr Javid resigned as Chancellor after being told he had to sack his advisers to remain in the job, saying ‘no self-respecting minister’ could accept such a condition.

He was widely credited with a dignified departure, and refrained from attacking Mr Cummings throughout. As a backbencher he has been loyal to Mr Johnson and the Government, and backed its approach to the pandemic.

As an MP he has raised awareness of child exploitation. This month he tabled legislation to raise the minimum age for marriage in England and Wales to 18. He also led calls to close a legal loophole to protect children from grooming by ‘predatory adults’.

Mr Javid was born in Rochdale and was the first in his family to attend university, studying economics and politics at Exeter. His father, Abdul Ghani-Javid, arrived in the UK in 1961 from Pakistan with a £1 note in his pocket. He worked as a bus driver before opening a shop selling clothes.

One of five brothers, Mr Javid grew up in a two-bedroom flat above the family shop in Bristol. His mother, Zubaid, spoke no English and the young Sajid would translate for her. He was told by one of his teachers that his future lay in repairing TVs, and was urged to drop maths. Mr Javid persisted with the subject, with his parents hiring a tutor. He eventually got top marks in the subject.

Gina Coladangelo (pictured with the Health Secretary in September 2019), initially taken on by Mr Hancock as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in early 2020, is also leaving her position on the board of the Department of Health

Gina Coladangelo (pictured with the Health Secretary in September 2019), initially taken on by Mr Hancock as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in early 2020, is also leaving her position on the board of the Department of Health

Gina Coladangelo (pictured with the Health Secretary in September 2019), initially taken on by Mr Hancock as an unpaid adviser on a six-month contract in early 2020, is also leaving her position on the board of the Department of Health

Matt Hancock, 42, announced his resignation on Saturday following the emergence of video footage showing him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions

Matt Hancock, 42, announced his resignation on Saturday following the emergence of video footage showing him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions

Matt Hancock, 42, announced his resignation on Saturday following the emergence of video footage showing him kissing aide Gina Coladangelo in his ministerial office in a breach of coronavirus restrictions 

Matt Hancock wrote a letter of resignation (pictured above) to Boris Johnson where he said the Government 'owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down

Matt Hancock wrote a letter of resignation (pictured above) to Boris Johnson where he said the Government 'owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down

Matt Hancock wrote a letter of resignation (pictured above) to Boris Johnson where he said the Government ‘owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down

After Exeter, he had a successful career in finance, first rising to vice-president at Chase Manhattan Bank, then Deutsche Bank, where he ran credit trading in Asia.

He once said: ‘They often tell you that unless you wear an old school tie or have the family contacts, you just won’t get a chance to work in the City. But they were wrong.’

He married his childhood sweetheart, Laura, and the couple have four children as well as a cavapoo called Bailey. While in Downing Street, Bailey made headlines when the Prime Minister’s dog Dilyn reportedly made advances on him in the garden.

Mr Javid has been a Tory supporter since the early 1980s and attended his first party conference as a student. In 1990 he got into trouble for handing out leaflets opposing the decision to join the Exchange Rate Mechanism.

In 2010, he was elected as an MP, reportedly giving up a £3million salary to earn just under £66,000.

He has described George Osborne as a one-time mentor – Mr Javid joined the Government as economic secretary to the Treasury in 2012 while Mr Osborne was Chancellor. He quickly rose through the ranks to more senior roles.

In 2019 he ran for party leader before being eliminated in the fourth round. His candidacy was backed by Ruth Davidson, then Scottish Conservative leader, who described him as ‘smart, articulate and always on top of detail’.

His appointment last night means Mr Johnson avoids a wider reshuffle of his ministerial team. As well as tackling the pandemic, Mr Javid will be in charge of introducing landmark reforms of the NHS. Mr Hancock was due to introduce the plans in the Commons tomorrow.

Mr Javid will face pressure to present a plan to deal with the social care crisis. Mr Johnson pledged to fix the system in 2019.

The proposals have been repeatedly delayed, and are now expected by the end of this year.

After initially refusing to resign, Mr Hancock wrote a letter of resignation to Boris Johnson on Saturday in which he said the Government ‘owe it to people who have sacrificed so much in this pandemic to be honest when we have let them down’.

It later come to light that the Health Secretary told his wife, Martha, that he would be leaving her on Thursday night – immediately after discovering that his affair with Gina Coladangelo was about to be laid bare.

Images and video showed Mr Hancock in an embrace with aide Ms Coladangelo last month, and the Health Secretary was facing increasing pressure to quit over the breaking of social-distancing rules.

It has come to light that the Health Secretary told his wife, Martha (pictured for the first time since his resignation announcement), that he would be leaving her on Thursday night - immediately after discovering that his affair with Gina Coladangelo was about to be laid bare

It has come to light that the Health Secretary told his wife, Martha (pictured for the first time since his resignation announcement), that he would be leaving her on Thursday night - immediately after discovering that his affair with Gina Coladangelo was about to be laid bare

It has come to light that the Health Secretary told his wife, Martha (pictured for the first time since his resignation announcement), that he would be leaving her on Thursday night – immediately after discovering that his affair with Gina Coladangelo was about to be laid bare

Matt Hancock, 42, resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years after images published this week showed him kissing Miss Coladangelo, 43, in his ministerial office in breach of coronavirus restrictions

Matt Hancock, 42, resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years after images published this week showed him kissing Miss Coladangelo, 43, in his ministerial office in breach of coronavirus restrictions

Matt Hancock, 42, resigned as Health Secretary and left his wife of 15 years after images published this week showed him kissing Miss Coladangelo, 43, in his ministerial office in breach of coronavirus restrictions








Mr Hancock added: ‘The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention from the single-minded focus that is leading us out of this crisis.

‘I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this. I also need (to) be with my children at this time.’

The Prime Minister said he was ‘sorry’ to receive Mr Hancock’s resignation as Health Secretary, adding he ‘should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us’.

Mr Johnson continued: ‘I am grateful for your support and believe that your contribution to public service is far from over.’

Ms Coladangelo is also reportedly leaving her position on the board of the Department of Health.

Mr Johnson had refused to sack Mr Hancock, with his spokesman saying the PM considered the matter closed after receiving the West Suffolk MP’s apology on Friday.

In response to Mr Hancock’s letter, the Prime Minister wrote: ‘You should leave office very proud of what you have achieved – not just in tackling the pandemic, but even before Covid-19 struck us.’

And he said: ‘Above all, it has been your task to deal with a challenge greater than that faced by any of your predecessors, and in fighting Covid you have risen to that challenge – with the abundant energy, intelligence, and determination that are your hallmark.’

On Saturday Conservative MPs began to break ranks to call for Mr Hancock to go.

Veteran Tory Sir Christopher Chope said his constituents were ‘seething’.

Norfolk Norfolk MP Duncan Baker said: ‘In my view people in high public office and great positions of responsibility should act with the appropriate morals and ethics that come with that role.’

Mr Johnson had refused to sack Mr Hancock, with his spokesman saying the PM considered the matter closed after receiving the West Suffolk MP’s apology on Friday.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: ‘Matt Hancock is right to resign. But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.’

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said: ‘It is right that Matt Hancock has resigned. But why didn’t Boris Johnson have the guts to sack him and why did he say the matter was closed? Boris Johnson has demonstrated that he has none of the leadership qualities required of a Prime Minister.’

Liberal Democrats’ leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted: ‘Matt Hancock’s legacy as Health Secretary will be one of cronyism and failure. And the fact that Boris Johnson thought Hancock could just carry on regardless brings the Prime Minister’s judgement into question once again.’

Mr Hancock’s three-year tenure as health secretary came to an end after The Sun newspaper published stills of what appeared to be CCTV footage from inside his ministerial office of him kissing Ms Coladangelo.

Ms Coladangelo, a friend from Mr Hancock’s days at Oxford University, was brought into DHSC as an unpaid adviser last year before being given the £15,000-a-year role of non-executive director in the department.

Legislation in place at the time said that ‘no person may participate in a gathering’ that ‘consists of two or more people… and takes place indoors’.

An exception to this rule was that the gathering was ‘reasonably necessary for work purposes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services’.

Tory MPs and ministers will also have been eyeing the by-election in Batley and Spen next week.

Christchurch MP Sir Christopher told the BBC the impact on the West Yorkshire vote was on his mind.

Labour MP for Halifax, Holly Lynch, had been preparing to write an open letter to Conservative MPs and the Tory candidate in the election, Ryan Stephenson, challenging them to tell Mr Hancock to resign.

Before he did, Sir Christopher told Radio 4’s PM programme: ‘Of course I feel that. And that’s another reason why I think that the sooner he goes the better, because otherwise the last few days of the campaign are going to be dominated by this issue and it’s obviously not going to be very helpful for the Conservatives.’  

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