Sajid Javid wanted lockdown measures over Christmas and mandatory Covid vaccines for employees, it has emerged amid backlash over his speech condemning Boris Johnson.
Mr Javid used the speech to publicly question Mr Johnson’s integrity and draw attention to his own leadership credentials ahead of an expected leadership bid.
Separately, The Telegraph can reveal that Mr Javid pushed for greater Covid restrictions over Christmas in 2021, amid rising cases of the omicron variant.
Two sources said that he had urged Mr Johnson to close public spaces such as shops and hospitality to avoid the spread of the virus.
However, Downing Street chose to run a “Plan B” package of measures instead, which mandated face masks, required Covid passports in some settings and encouraged working from home.