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Nadhim Zahawi becomes chancellor and Michelle Donelan becomes education secretary—but for how long?

The drama began at 6pm last night with the resignation—within the space of 10 minutes—of chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid in the wake of the Chris Pincher affair. After an evening of fierce speculation, and in time for the 10 o’clock news, Nadhim Zahawi was announced as the new occupant of 11 Downing Street, with Michelle Donelan promoted to secretary of state for education.

It had been reported that Johnson wanted to make Liz Truss chancellor, but Zahawi was threatening to resign unless he was given the Treasury brief. Rather than risk another senior loss, Johnson folded to Zahawi’s demand. Although that has since been denied by Zahawi himself.

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