New Chancellor Rishi Sunak should use his newfound power to stand up to Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings, a former Tory minister has said.
Sunak was swiftly and surprisingly installed as the new Chancellor earlier today, after Sajid Javid was forced out of the job.
However, whereas many people think that Sunak will be a yes-man to Johnson and Cummings, former Treasury minister David Gauke thinks that Sunak could take a different approach.
Speaking to BBC 5 Live earlier today, Gauke said: “Having lost one Chancellor, to lose another Chancellor would be incredibly difficult, so Rishi Sunak is actually in quite a strong position now, and although there will be a lot of talk about him being Boris Johnson’s placeman, if he wants to assert himself you could argue that he is pretty well unsackable.
“If I was Rishi I would be pretty determined to show that I was not a stooge, and demonstrate some independence pretty early on especially in his budget.”
Sunak’s predecessor Sajid Javid resigned after the PM asked the Chancellor to sack all of his advisers.
Following Javid’s departure, 10 Downing Street and the Treasury will “share” advisers – leading to speculation that unelected bureaucrat Dominic Cummings has launched a full-scale takeover of the government.
Let’s hope that things don’t go as swimmingly for Mr Cummings as everyone assumes.