Cummings savages new Health Secretary Sajid Javid – will be awful for the NHS

Matt Hancock: Denise Welch slams Boris Johnson's statement

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The former top adviser to Boris Johnson also suggested that it was the Prime Minister’s wife Carrie Symonds who had played a role in the decision to hire Mr Javid. Mr Johnson has also been criticised by the Labour Party for not immediately sacking Mr Hancock after video footage emerged appearing to show him kissing aide and former lobbyist Gina Coladangelo. The kiss would have broken the rules on close contact indoors for people from separate households as it reportedly happened on 6 May.

Today Mr Cummings took to Twitter and said: “So Carrie appoints Saj!

“NB, if I hadn’t tricked PM into firing Saj, we’d have had a HMT with useless SoS/spads, no furlough scheme, total chaos instead of JOINT 10/11 team which was a big success.

“Saj = bog standard = chasing headlines + failing = awful for NHS.

“Need #RegimeChange.”

After Mr Cummings said that Mr Handcock should have been sacked, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer took to Twitter to agree.

The Labour leader tweeted: “Earlier, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer led his party in giving his reaction to Mr Hancock’s departure.

He wrote on Twitter: “Matt Hancock is right to resign.

“But Boris Johnson should have sacked him.”

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Labour’s chair Anneliese Dodds echoed this view and wrote on Twitter: “A Health Secretary who behaved like rules didn’t apply to him.

“A prime minister who didn’t have the guts to remove him.

“A government riddled with sleaze.

“Now Matt Hancock has gone, the prime minister must clean up this crony government.”

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Labour’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth speaking echoed his party leader and 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.

“Hancock’s replacement cannot carry on business as usual.

“On Hancock’s watch waiting times soared, care homes were left exposed to COVID and NHS staff were badly let down.

“Our NHS deserves much better.”

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