SAJID Javid has admitted he is “not the best of buddies” with Theresa May after a series of bitter run-ins.
The Home Secretary also insisted it is not his objective to be the PM’s close pal and revealed he had expected her to sack him from the Cabinet.
His admission comes after the pair repeatedly clashed on immigration and drugs laws since he took up her previous job.
But Mr Javid defended Mrs May as “a Prime Minister who gives it her all”.
He told the Financial Times: “The Cabinet functions well when you’ve got good people around the table who take their jobs seriously”.
In a long profile-boosting interview, Mr Javid – who wants to succeed Mrs May as PM – also revealed he was warned not to marry his white wife Laura by other Asians.
Hr recalled: “People would say, ‘Are you sure you want to marry her? It could be difficult. She’s white. Don’t you think you should stick to your own kind?’”
most read in politics
The Home Secretary also tried to deny The Sun’s revelation last month that he calls himself “The Saj” in private meetings.
Two Cabinet sources claim to have repeatedly heard him use the third person moniker.
But Mr Javid argued: “I’ve never called myself The Saj. But I’ve noticed a lot of people do. I was even thinking of changing my Twitter handle to The Saj”.
- GOT a story? RING The Sun on 0207 782 4104 or WHATSAPP on 07423720250 or EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org