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New cabinet, new chancellor
Boris Johnson’s new cabinet meets later for the first time. And before the prime minister reshuffled his team, few in Westminster would have expected Sajid Javid to be absent. Indeed, Mr Johnson intended to reappoint his chancellor. However, Mr Javid refused a demand to fire his aides in favour of a shared team with No 10. So, instead, Rishi Sunak will be in his seat. The promoted chief secretary to the Treasury says he has “lots to get on with”. Read about the new chancellor.
“No 10’s priority was political control rather than keeping personnel they valued,” says our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg. “This begs a wider question – is it stronger to share power or hoard it?” Another two of the contenders in last year’s race to lead the party – Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey – were sacked. You can see who replaced them – and who held on to jobs – in our interactive graphic.
No change in coronavirus severity
Another 121 deaths are attributed to the coronavirus in China, bringing the total there to 1,380. However, the World Health Organization says cases are not rising dramatically outside China. Neither has there been a major shift in its pattern of mortality or severity, it says. The…