Senior minister Steve Barclay has been appointed health and care secretary following the sudden resignation of Sajid Javid.
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.”
His replacement, Steve Barclay, was appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office on 15 September 2021. Barclay is a former health and social care department minister (Jan-Nov 2018).
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster administers the estates and rents of the Duchy of Lancaster, and is a member of the Cabinet. After the Prime Minister, he is the most senior minister in the Cabinet Office.
Barclay was previously chief secretary to the Treasury, and has held roles such as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Economic Secretary to the Treasury. He was elected Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire in May 2010.