Sajid Javid

Former chancellor Sajid Javid warns against return to austerity

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Former chancellor Sajid Javid has warned against a return to austerity as the UK economy struggles with the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

In a report by the Centre for Policy Studies, the Bromsgrove MP has also called for low taxes on business to aid the country's recovery.

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Mr Javid said "some long-term damage to the economy" has become "unavoidable" and made 63 recommendations.

He also said National Insurance should be cut to make it easier and cheaper for employers to take on new staff and that infrastructure-building should be brought forward to boost the economy.

Former chancellor calls for Cummings apology

The former chancellor and Bromsgrove MP, Sajid Javid, has criticised Dominic Cummings for his trip to Durham during lockdown.

In response to a letter from an constituent, Mr Javid said the public's willingness to follow lockdown rules had been "sustained by an understanding that we are in this together" and felt Mr Cummings's journey was "neither necessary nor justified".

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Mr Javid said he'd written to Downing Street to express his concerns, and suggested an apology was needed, but didn't call for Mr Cummings to resign.

Mr Javid left the cabinet in February after rumours of tensions between him and the prime minister's advisor.

The tremendous spirit in the face of adversity demonstrated by the public....has been sustained by an understanding that we are in this together, and that no one is above the law... It is essentially that the rules are equally and consistently applied - regardless of status or privilege"

Sajid JavidBromsgrove MP