Two former Tory MP Christopher Pincher was accused of knowing about sexual misconduct allegations against Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Johnson elevated Pincher to the position of deputy chief whip, despite such accusations.
UPDATE 19: 50 — Conservative MP and vice-chairman of the Tory Party Bim Afolami announced during a live interview with TalkTV that he would also be resigning from his position, adding that after losing the support of Javid and Sunak, the “time has come for [Johnson] to stand down.”
Potentially spelling the end of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government, Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak have both submitted letters of resignation following the growing scandal involving former deputy chief whip Christopher Pincher — who has been accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour against two men — and Johnson’s decision to promote the MP despite having knowledge of similar accusations in 2019.
Mr Javid, who previously stood against Boris Johnson in the Conservative Party leadership contest in 2019 following the downfall of former PM Theresa May, said that he had lost confidence in Mr Johnson as the head of the government.
“It was a great honor to be asked to return to government as Secretary for State for Health & Social Care during such a crucial time in our country’s history,” wrote Mr Javid.
” Although we [Conservative party] might not be popular in all cases, our ability to act in the national interests has been a strength. The public is concluding, under current circumstances that we are neither.
” Last month’s vote of confidence showed that many of our colleagues are in agreement.
” I regret to tell you that the situation is not going to change under your leadership, and that you have lost my trust .”
I am resigning as Secretary of State, Health & Social Care. I have written to Prime Minister.
It was an immense privilege to be able to continue this role in good conscience. pic.twitter.com/d5RBFGPqXp
— Sajid Javid (@sajidjavid) July 5, 2022
Shortly after Javid’s announcement Rishi Sunak was appointed Chancellor of Exchequer. He released his resignation letter.
The former banker at a hedge fund stated in his letter, “The public rightly expects government to be properly conducted, competently and professionally.”
” I believe that these standards are worthy of fighting for, and so I’m resigning.”
” I believe that the people are open to hearing this truth. People know that it is impossible to believe anything too good to be true. It is important for them to realize that while there are many paths to better futures, they can be difficult.
” In preparation for the proposed speech next week on the economy, I have realized that my approaches are fundamentally different .”
” I am sorry to leave government, but I reluctantly came to the realization that this .”
cannot go on.
The resignations come after Downing Street admitted that the Prime Minister had been briefed on sexually inappropriate behaviour by Christopher Pincher MP, despite earlier denials from the government. Number 10 claimed that Mr Johnson had forgotten about the allegations against Mr Pincher.
The public expects government to function properly, professionally and with seriousness.
I understand that this is my last job as a minister, but these standards are important and I’m resigning.
My letter to the Prime Minister. pic.twitter.com/vZ1APB1ik1
— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) July 5, 2022
On Tuesday afternoon, Mr Johnson apologised for elevating Pincher to the role of deputy chief whip, saying: “In hindsight, it was the wrong thing to do and I apologise to everyone who has been badly affected by it.”
” “I want to be absolutely clear, that this government does not allow anyone who preys on others or abuses his position of power,” he said.
While Mr Johnson survived a vote of confidence from within his own party last month, which under the rules of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs would prevent another vote on his leadership for one year, some MPs have called for the rules to be changed to allow another attempt to oust the PM.
It’s possible that the Prime Minister may be forced from office by the resignations both Sunak and Javid. However, this will not require a fight within the Commons.
Commenting on resignations by the senior members of cabinet, Nigel Farage stated: Finally, there is someone in this cabinet that believes in decency.
The Brexit leader, who earlier in the day called on the Conservative Party to ditch Johnson to save their political future, reiterated his point that “the whole government, under this leader, is built on lies.
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