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Boris Johnson Under Pressure as Ministers Resign

by | Wed, Jul 6 2022

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership team has shrunk even further, with the resignation of two senior cabinet ministers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have both stepped down within minutes of each other over Boris Johnson’s decision to appoint a man to a government role, despite being told he had been accused of misconduct.

Both ministers have penned resignation letters to Mr Johnson.

Mr Javid wrote, he could no longer “in good conscience, continue serving in this government”.

Mr Sunak said, “the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously”.

Boris Johnson is again facing pressure to step down as Prime Minister – it was only last month that he narrowly held onto his leadership, winning a confidence vote.

Tory backbencher, Sir Roger Gale, has expressed his criticism of Mr Johnson’s latest controversy.

“The Prime Minister knew everything about this, and chose to try and cover it up,” said Mr Gale.

“And I’m sorry, that’s beyond the pale, this has gone far enough, the Prime Minister has to go.”

Party rules prevent another leadership challenge for twelve months.

 

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