Steve Barclay replaces Sajid Javid as Health Minister


The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid has resigned, citing lack of confidence in the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, criticising the integrity of his Government and its impact on the country.
In his resignation letter, Mr Javid said: “I can no longer, in good conscience, continue serving in this Government. I am instinctively a team player, but the British people also rightly expect integrity from their Government.
“The tone you set as a leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party, and ultimately the country. Conservatives at their best are seen as hard-headed decision-makers, guided by strong values. We may not have always been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest. Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither. The vote of confidence last month showed that a large number of our colleagues agree. It was a moment for humility, grip and new direction. I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership - and you have therefore lost my confidence too.”
He also said it had been a privilege to serve as the Health Minister and added his admiration for NHS staff.  
Steve Barclay, former Minister for the Cabinet Office has been named as the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He is a qualified solicitor and has been MP for North East Cambridgeshire since May 2010. His previous roles in Government include Minister of State for Exiting the European Union and Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
Commenting on his new post, Mr Barclay said: “It is an honour to take up the position of Health and Social Care Secretary. Our NHS and social care staff have showed us time and again - throughout the pandemic and beyond - what it means to work with compassion and dedication to transform lives.”
Rishi Sunak has also quit as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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