Boris Johnson was gifted holiday by businessman

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2020

The trip provided Mr Johnson with a break after the election campaign, which produced a Conservative landslide for the first time since the 1980s.

The prime minister had faced calls to "come clean" over who paid for the luxury break on the island of Mustique after Mr Ross, who Mr Johnson said was responsible, denied funding the trip.

Rishi Sunak arrives at the Treasury following the reshuffle.

Javid, a former City of London banker born into a working class Muslim family, was considered safe in his job despite reports of tensions between him and Johnson's senior aide, Dominic Cummings.

But the finance minister's resignation - which some commentators said might have been sought by Johnson's team - due to a dispute over Javid's advisers added to the picture that the prime minister will not tolerate dissent in his government.


The source said Johnson was expected to promote several women such as Anne-Marie Trevelyan, minister for the armed forces, Suella Braverman, a former Brexit junior minister, and Gillian Keegan.

Johnson began his Cabinet shuffle by firing Northern Ireland Secretary Julian Smith - a surprise move. After pressure from the British and Irish governments, the main Irish nationalist and British unionist power-sharing parties returned to work last month.

But The Times newspaper said Johnson felt "blindsided" by the deal because it includes an investigation into alleged crimes by British soldiers during decades of sectarian violence known as The Troubles.

Downing Street has also said that the trip had been properly registered.

Planning has got off to a rocky start, with Johnson last week firing Claire O'Neill, a former British government minister appointed previous year to head up the event.


Boris Johnson forced the resignation of his finance minister for refusing toe the line, a sign the prime minister was tightening his control in a government reshuffle created to deliver his vision for Britain beyond Brexit.

Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox were also shown the door.

Mr Johnson also declared payments he had received prior to becoming prime minister, including book royalties and hundreds of thousands of pounds for speaking engagements.

But Foreign Minister Dominic Raab and Michael Gove, Johnson's de factor deputy, are staying.

After years of political turmoil over Brexit, Johnson wants to focus this year on domestic issues, including investments in police, healthcare and infrastructure. That victory allowed Johnson to take Britain out of the European Union last month, delivering on his key election promise. She responded with a blistering attack on his leadership, and warned that planning for the summit was "way off track".


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