Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is determined to hold on to his position even after mounting resignations from his government have now reached more than 25 officials in just 24 hours.
“The job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances, when he’s been handed a colossal mandate, is to keep going and that’s what I’m going to do,” Johnson said speaking in the House of Commons.
Mounting scandals have hit his administration–including an alleged neglect to address a lawmaker’s sexual misconduct, the so-called “Partygate” where he is believed to have attended parties during the pandemic, and his perceived mismanagement of the health crisis.
Within 24 hours, around 25 government officials tendered their resignation as a symbol of withdrawing support for Johnson, according to Financial Times.
Sajid Javid — Health secretary
Rishi Sunak — Chancellor of the exchequer
Andrew Murrison — Trade envoy to Morocco
Bim Afolami — Conservative party vice-chair
Jonathan Gullis — PPS to the secretary of state for Northern Ireland
Saqib Bhatti — PPS to the department for health and social care
Nicola Richards — PPS to the department for transport
Virginia Crosbie — PPS to the Welsh office
Theo Clarke — Trade envoy to Kenya
Alex Chalk — Solicitor general
Laura Trott — PPS to the secretary of state for transport
Will Quince — Children’s minister
Robin Walker — Schools minister
Felicity Buchan — PPS in the department for business, energy and industrial strategy
John Glen — City minister and economic secretary to the Treasury
Victoria Atkins — Justice minister
Jo Churchill — Parliamentary under-secretary of state for agri-innovation and climate adaptation
Stuart Andrew — Housing minister
Claire Coutinho — PPS to the Treasury
David Johnston — PPS to the department of education
Selaine Saxby — PPS to the chief secretary to the Treasury
Kemi Badenoch — Minister in the department for levelling up, housing and communities, and minister for equalities
Alex Burghart — Parliamentary under secretary for apprenticeships and skills
Julia Lopez — Minister in the department for digital, culture, media & sport
Neil O’Brien — Parliamentary under secretary of state at the department for levelling up, housing and communities
Lee Rowley — Parliamentary under secretary at the department for business, energy and industrial strategy
Mims Davies — Employment minister
“It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience,” former health secretary Sajid Javid said in a tweet announcing his resignation.
More resignations are being lined up as Johnson continues to posture holding on to Downing Street, including Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Michael Gove and Secretary of Pensions Therese Coffey.
Earlier in June, Johnson survived a no-confidence vote brought by his own party. The MPs voted 211-148 in favor of keeping the prime minister in his seat, with nay votes failing to secure a majority to oust him from the office.
Current rules disallow a similar vote to take place for at least another year.
However, veteran MP Sir Robert Syms has moved to change the 1922 Committee Rules to allow a second no-confidence ballot, saying Johnson has to “accept he has lost the confidence of the [party].”
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