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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson Hon FRIBA (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, writer, and former journalist serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He was Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. Johnson was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and has been MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. Ideologically, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative.
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Boris Johnson to slash thousands of civil service jobs as PM is accused of letting workers down

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Boris Johnson plans to slash 90,000 Civil Service jobs to free up cash for measures to ease the cost-of-living crisis with possible tax cuts.

The Prime Minister is understood to have told his Cabinet on Thursday that the service should be cut by a fifth. The Tory leader is under intense pressure to ease the pain of soaring prices.

But the FDA civil servants’ union warned the “ill-thought-out” proposal would not lead to a more cost-effective Government and could have impacts on passport processing, borders and health.Sources familiar with Johnson’s Cabinet conversation said he told ministers to return the Civil Service to its 2016 levels in the coming years.It is said its numbers have grown since then to 475,000 full-time equivalent jobs.The Prime Minister said: “We have got to cut the cost of Government to reduce the cost of living.”He suggested the billions saved could be used for tax cuts, saying: “Every pound the Government pre-empts from the taxpayer is money they can spend on their own priorities, on their own lives.”Sources did not deny that the sweeping cut to public jobs could be used for future tax cuts.Johnson wants a recruitment freeze across Whitehall to start soon, with the abolition of any vacancies unless they are signed off by ministers.Ministers are expected to report back within a month with plans for achieving the cuts from their departments.FDA general secretary Dave Penman said the expansion of Whitehall since 2016 was necessary to “deal with the consequences of two unprecedented events – Brexit and the Covid pandemic”.“To govern is to choose and ultimately this Government can decide to cut the Civil Service back to 2016 levels, but it will also then have to choose what the reduced Civil Service

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