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Steve Barclay Appointed New Heath Secretary

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Steve Barclay, former chief of staff at Number 10, as his new health secretary.
The appointment follows the resignation of Sajid Javid on Tuesday night.

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.

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

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Javid blamed a lack of “strong values” in the Conservative party for his resignation. He said: “The tone you set as leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party, and ultimately the country. We may not always have 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 neither.”

Mr Barclay is qualified solicitor, who worked for the Financial Services Authority and was head of anti-money laundering at Barclays Bank before starting his political career.

Most recently, he has served as the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Mr Johnson’s Chief of Staff after a shake-up following the Partygate scandal earlier this year.