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Steve Barclay confirmed as new health secretary after Sajid Javid's resignation

Steve Barclay has been appointed the new health secretary following Sajid Javid's resignation this evening, No 10 has confirmed.

Mr Barclay was most recently the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and chief of staff for Downing Street.

Mr Javid revealed on Twitter this evening (July 5) that, having spoken with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, he had handed in his resignation as secretary of state for health and social care.

Moments later, chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced his resignation on Twitter.

Downing Street confirmed this evening that Nadhim Zahawi has been appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer.

 

The former vaccines minister was appointed education secretary in the last cabinet reshuffle

 

Previously served as health minister

 

Mr Barclay previously served as a health minister – from January to November 2018 – under former health secretaries Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock.

His previous roles also include secretary of state for exiting the European Union from 2018 to 2020 and chief secretary to the Treasury from 2020 to 2021.

He has been MP for North East Cambridgeshire since 2010. 

“This government is investing more than ever before in our NHS and care services to beat the COVID-19 backlogs, recruit 50,000 more nurses, reform social care and ensure patients across the country can access the care they need.” 

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