By Kate Whannel
By Lucy Hooker & Tom Espiner
BBC Business reporters
BBC Hereford and Worcester
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.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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".Copyright: Getty Images
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.Quote Message: 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" from Sajid Javid Bromsgrove MP
Former chancellor Philip Hammond has said Sajid Javid "made the right call" to resign.
By Jessica Parker
BBC political correspondent
Former chancellor Sajid Javid has told MPs why he couldn't continue as Chancellor.
Following up on former Chancellor Sajid Javid's speech in the Commons, Boris Johnson says he would like to thank him for his "immense service to this country".
He says the former chancellor has "friends and admirers on all sides of this House".
Mr Javid had been due to deliver his first Budget in four weeks' time when he resigned in February. He quit as chancellor after refusing to fire his team of aides.
The former chancellor has just finished his first statement in the Commons since his resignation.
He said that his successor Rishi Sunak "is more than capable" and used the opportunity to pay tribute to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He also called for "responsibility" in government spending.
"The fiscal rules that we are elected on are critical. To govern is to choose, and these rules crystallise the choices that are required: To keep spending under control, to keep taxes low, to root out waste, and to pass that litmus test that was rightly set in stone in our manifesto of debt being lower at the end of the parliament."