British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains under pressure amid reports that current cabinet members are urging him to resign. Our London Correspondent John_Kilraine has the latest from Westminster | Read more:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains under pressure amid reports that current cabinet members are urging him to resign.
It comes as more than 30 government appointees have stepped down expressing a lack of confidence in Mr Johnson for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against deputy whip Chris Pincher.However, following the resignations individual MPs expressing no confidence in his leadership, it is reported that Housing Minister Michael Gove is among those advising him to go.
That new executive will then decide whether to change the rules to bring forward such a vote, which currently cannot take place until next year.Underlining the tenuous position he is in, some colleagues in his cabinet team of top ministers struggled to contain their laughter as the opposition Labour leader poked fun at his cabinet for being in the"charge of the lightweight brigade".Read more: RTÉ News »
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Boris Johnson fights for political survival as ministers quitTory anger at Johnson has been building for months over his conduct in office, including becoming the first sitting premier found to have broken the law when he was fined over the illegal parties in Downing Street during the pandemic
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, who was key to Mr Johnson's fight for survival during the partygate controversy, is among those who will demand he quits, sources told the PA news agency.By Denis Staunton Tue Jul 5 2022 - 20:30 The departure of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, two of his most senior ministers, is an unprecedented setback that must herald the end of Boris Johnson’s premiership.Image: Alamy Stock Photo Image: Alamy Stock Photo IT WAS A tumultuous night for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he received resignations from Cabinet ministers and other Conservative MPs.18.
Long-standing ally Brandon Lewis, who believes Mr Johnson's position is"now untenable", was understood to be part of the group, as was Welsh Secretary Simon Hart. Reports even suggested Nadhim Zahawi, who was only appointed Chancellor last night, will join the group. The immediate cause of Johnson’s trouble is his handling of the scandal surrounding former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher who resigned last week after he was accused of groping two men. It comes as more than 30 government appointees have stepped down expressing a lack of confidence in Mr Johnson for his handling of sexual misconduct allegations against deputy whip Chris Pincher. This latest controversy is linked to the resignation of the former deputy chief whip over assault allegations, which highlighted that Johnson had given him a top job despite knowledge of a previous complaint made against him. Those who have resigned include two cabinet members, ministers, aides and envoys. Pincher was a close ally of the prime minister, helping to shore up his position within the parliamentary party in the wake of Partygate. Appearing before the Commons Liaison Committee this afternoon, Mr Johnson repeated his regret at appointing Mr Pincher as deputy whip and ruled out both resigning and calling a general election However, following the resignations individual MPs expressing no confidence in his leadership, it is reported that Housing Minister Michael Gove is among those advising him to go.” On Twitter, Mr Javid said: “I have spoken to the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.
Meanwhile, the Conservative Party committee is hold an election to its executive before deciding whether to change the rules to bring forward a confidence vote Boris Johnson. “If I had my time again I would think back on it and recognise that he wasn’t going to learn anything and he wasn’t going to change and I regret that,” he said. The so-called 1922 Committee, which sets the rules governing when the party can hold a confidence vote in its leaders, decided today to hold an election of a new executive on Monday. That new executive will then decide whether to change the rules to bring forward such a vote, which currently cannot take place until next year. A total of 148 Conservative MPs, including most of his backbenchers, voted no confidence in his leadership last month but they failed to topple him. 'Charge of the lightweight brigade' Mr Johnson's performance in parliament today was met with a brutal response. Underlining the tenuous position he is in, some colleagues in his cabinet team of top ministers struggled to contain their laughter as the opposition Labour leader poked fun at his cabinet for being in the"charge of the lightweight brigade". Sunak and Javid have now started that move and other ministers could follow them within the next 24 hours.
Three members of Mr Johnson's own party asked whether he would resign. "Clearly, if there were circumstances in which I felt it was impossible for the government to go on and discharge the mandate that we've been given" then I would, Mr Johnson said. He said he and the prime minister were at odds over fiscal policy ahead of a planned joint statement on the economy next week. Overall, it was a muted performance for a prime minister who has seen his political fortunes tumble from a landslide election victory in 2019 to now, when the resignation of his finance and health ministers opened the floodgates for more junior ministers to quit. Standing in the backbenches, his former health minister, Sajid Javid, detailed the scandals, missteps and gaffes that have marked Mr Johnson's tenure so far. Former Brexit minister David Frost, who is popular with the right wing of the Conservative party, backed Sunak’s resignation and appeared to endorse his policy outlook. "At some point, we have to conclude that enough is enough.
I believe that point is now," Mr Javid told a silent parliament, with Mr Johnson listening stony faced.. 'Kicking and screaming' At a later appearance before the chairs of select committees, the prime minister was asked about his defence policies, his stance on Ukraine and Brexit. He appeared to rule out wanting to call an early election. At one point, he was asked if he was suffering memory loss when he could not answer a question - a reference to his excuse for appointing someone who had faced accusations of sexual misconduct. "I suspect we will have to drag him kicking and screaming from Downing Street," one Conservative MP told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"But if we have to do it that way then we will." A former journalist and London mayor who became the face of Britain's departure from the European Union, his landslide 2019 election win soon gave way to a combative and often chaotic approach to governing. His leadership has been mired in controversies over the last few months, with the prime minister fined by police for breaking Covid-19 lockdown laws and a damning report published about the behaviour of officials at his Downing Street office who breached their own lockdown rules. There have also been policy U-turns, an ill-fated defence of MP Owen Paterson, who broke lobbying rules, and criticism he has not done enough to tackle inflation, with many Britons struggling to cope with rising fuel and food prices. The latest controversy saw Mr Johnson apologising for appointing MP Chris Pincher to a role involved in party welfare and discipline, even after being briefed that he had been the subject of complaints about sexual misconduct.
Downing Street's narrative changed several times over what the prime minister knew of the past behaviour of Mr Pincher, who was forced to resign, and when he knew it. His spokesman blamed a lapse in Mr Johnson's memory. That prompted Rishi Sunak to quit as chancellor of the exchequer - the finance minister - and Mr Javid to resign as health secretary. Several junior ministers who quit cited Mr Johnson's lack of judgement, standards, and an inability to tell the truth. A snap YouGov poll found 69% of Britons thought Mr Johnson should step down as prime minister.
A month ago, Mr Johnson survived a confidence vote of Conservative MPs. Current party rules mean he cannot face another such challenge for a year but some MPs are seeking to change those rules. Were Johnson to go, the process to replace him could take a couple of months. "As the prime minister constantly tries to deflect from the issue, always tries to blame other people for mistakes and that leaves nothing left for him to do other than to take responsibility and resign," said Gary Sambrook, a Tory MP first elected in 2019. Read More: Possible runners and riders to replace Boris Johnson Live Updates: 'Enough is enough,' says former UK health minister Starmer brands Johnson a 'pathetic spectacle' The prime minister was branded a"pathetic spectacle" by Labour party leader Keir Starmer, before Labour MPs waved and shouted"bye bye" to the prime minister.
Mr Starmer said ministers resigning from Mr Johnson's government have not got a"shred of integrity" given the level of recent scandals, adding it was the"first recorded case of the sinking ships fleeing the rats". He opened Prime Minister's Questions by reading out the testimony of a man who accused Mr Pincher of assault. Mr Johnson insisted he was not going to"trivialise what happened" when then asked if he ever said"Pincher by name, Pincher by nature", with Mr Starmer noting:"No denial." After Mr Johnson sought to criticise Mr Starmer's"muddled" response to Brexit and other matters, he added:"He is himself facing a criminal investigation, for which he asked me to resign." Mr Starmer countered:"What a pathetic spectacle.
The dying act of his political career is to parrot that nonsense. "As for those who are left, only in office because no-one else is prepared to debase themselves any longer: the charge of the lightweight brigade. Have some self-respect." Additional reporting: PA and Reuters .