Mr Javid stated the Labour chief had carried out a “good job” when he was director of public prosecutions and deserved “absolute respect” for his work within the publish.
His feedback got here after Mr Johnson’s long-standing coverage chief Munira Mirza dramatically stop on Thursday citing his refusal to withdraw his declare that Sir Keir had did not prosecute Jimmy Savile for baby intercourse offences.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak additionally distanced himself from the Prime Minister’s assaults, saying he wouldn’t have made the feedback.
Mr Javid informed reporters: “Keir Starmer, when he was operating the DPP, did an excellent job and he ought to be revered for it, it’s a powerful job and he deserved absolute respect for that,” he informed Sky Information.
“However the Prime Minister has additionally come out and clarified these remarks, and that’s essential.”
Requested if the Prime Minister nonetheless had his help, Mr Javid stated: “After all he does. Completely.”
Ms Mirza’s departure got here on a dramatic day through which three different senior aides introduced they have been leaving within the wake of Sue Grey’s interim report on lockdown events in Downing Road.
The resignations continued on Friday, with the Conservative House web site reporting that Elena Narozanski, a particular adviser within the No 10 coverage unit, was additionally quitting.
Her departure was later confirmed by the Prime Minister’s official spokesman, who stated: “I’ve seen that departure reported. My understanding is that it’s appropriate.”
The spokesman stated the departures of three different senior aides introduced on Thursday had all been agreed earlier than Ms Mirza’s shock resignation.
Chief of workers Dan Rosenfield, principal personal secretary Martin Reynolds and director of communications Jack Doyle have been leaving by mutual consent.
“The departures of these three people have been agreed with the Prime Minister forward of Munira’s departure yesterday. These have been mutual choices,” the spokesman stated.
The strikes got here after Mr Johnson promised sweeping adjustments in No 10 within the wake of Ms Grey’s extremely crucial findings concerning the management in Downing Road.
Mr Reynolds organised the infamous “convey your individual booze” occasion within the Downing Road backyard, Mr Doyle was reportedly at a minimum of one of many gatherings now underneath investigation by the police, whereas Mr Rosenfield has been criticised over the Authorities’s preliminary response to the experiences.
Vitality minister Greg Palms stated it was the Prime Minister “taking cost” after the battering he had endured over the so-called partygate affair.
“The Prime Minister was completely clear on Monday that there can be adjustments on the high of No 10 and that’s what he has delivered,” he informed Sky Information.
“The Sue Grey report replace stated that there have been failings on the high of the operation. That is the Prime Minister taking cost.”
Within the wake of the resignations, Mr Johnson tried to rally workers with a line from Disney’s The Lion King, telling them: “Change is sweet.”
His spokesman stated he addressed workers assembled within the Cupboard Room on Friday to thank them for his or her work through the pandemic and past.
“He mirrored on the privilege of working in No 10 so as to ship for the British folks and reiterated his and No 10’s dedication to serving the general public by preserving folks protected, enhancing lives and spreading alternative,” the spokesman stated.