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Front Page: Why Sajid Javid resigned
Plus - Coronavirus woman arrived at hospital in Uber & Storm Dennis to cause travel chaos

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Thursday February 13 2020

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Good evening. As Sajid Javid resigns as Chancellor in a row over merging his operations with No 10, Chris Price has The Telegraph's latest

Cabinet reshuffle in chaos as Javid quits as Chancellor

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, arrives back home

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Sajid Javid, arrives back home. Credit: Getty Images

The Cabinet reshuffle had been hotly anticipated but, in recent days, Downing Street had sought to downplay the scale of the shockwaves set to be caused by Boris Johnson's reorganisation of his ministerial team. But the Prime Minister's political resculpting project took a dramatic turn when Chancellor Sajid Javid announced his shock resignation in protest at plans to merge parts of the Number 10 and Number 11 operations. Within minutes of Mr Javid's resignation, the Prime Minister appointed Rishi Sunak as his next Chancellor. The former Goldman Sachs banker is son-in-law to one of India's richest men and has enjoyed a stellar rise up the Tory ranks. Russell Lynch’s profile piece on the new man in charge of the Treasury is a must-read. Follow The Telegraph's politics liveblog throughout the evening as posts continue to be filled.

It has all rather overshadowed the other big moves in Government. Julian Smith, who was the Northern Ireland secretary, was first out the door this morning despite his work to restore the power-sharing government at Stormont. Andrea Leadsom was sacked as business secretary and Theresa Villiers lost her job as environment secretary. To keep track, here is everything we know about who is in and who is out.


Coronavirus woman turned up at hospital in Uber car


A woman being treated for coronavirus in London reportedly turned up unannounced at a hospital in an Uber car. Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer, said the woman, who flew into London from China a few days ago, was transferred to a specialist NHS centre at Guy's and St Thomas' after she contracted the virus in China. The news came as the 83 Britons quarantined in an NHS unit on the Wirral over coronavirus fears have started to leave the unit after testing negative for the deadly virus following a 14-day stint in isolation. You can watch an interview with the first of them to be pictured leaving Arrowe Park Hospital. In China's Hubei province, the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus, there has been a sharp spike in confirmed cases after a change in diagnostic methods. Tom Rees explains why it could see China suffer a "secret recession". And rapper Stormzy has decided to reschedule part of his world tour over coronavirus concerns. Our liveblog has the latest updates.


Storm Dennis to plunge half term plans into chaos


Half-term holiday getaways will be thrown into chaos this weekend as storm Dennis is due to bring a month's worth of rain in just 24 hours. Families have been advised to consider cancelling their travel plans as the Met Office says there is a serious risk to life with deep, fast flowing flood water expected to affect large parts of the UK. Some 120-140mm of rain has been forecast, with amber weather warnings issued. Storm Dennis will arrive just days after Storm Ciara, which brought winds of up to 97mph and saw three people die. Jamie Johnson has a liveblog with full details of the disruption expected and where it is likely to hit.



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Rapper in NME awards confrontation | The British rapper Slowthai was last night involved in an altercation with comedian Katherine Ryan and a member of the crowd at the annual NME Awards ceremony in Brixton, south London. The 25-year-old musician, real name Tyron Frampton, was present to accept the "hero of the year" prize, awarded by a public vote. Things went wrong from there and he has since apologised on social media.


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