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BORIS JOHNSON’S Cabinet began to crumble this evening after two of his ministers quit back-to-back following the latest scandal to hit the government.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned from his role followed swiftly by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
In a tweet, Mr Javid said: “I have spoken to the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.
“It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience.”
In a letter, Mr Javid told the PM that the British people “rightly expect integrity from their government”.
He wrote: “The tone you set as leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party and ultimately the country.
“Conservatives at their best are seen as hard-headed decision makers, guided by strong values. We may not have always been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest.
“Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither.”
Mr Sunak wrote on Twitter: “The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously.
“I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
The resignations came after Cabinet Office minister Michael Ellis admitted that the Prime Minister had been told about allegations of sexual misconduct against Chris Pincher while he was at the Foreign Office in 2019.
Despite this information, Mr Johnson still appointed him as deputy chief whip.
In an urgent question to the minister, Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said the latest allegations are “all about abuse of power.”
Ms Rayner went on to recount the changing accounts of what Mr Johnson was said to know of the allegations against Mr Pincher, saying that his defence had been “completely blown apart” by Lord McDonald.
Tories joined opposition MPs in blasting the response from Mr Ellis.
Dr Caroline Johnson, who supported the Prime Minister in the recent no confidence vote, said: “Can [the minister] confirm if the allegations made back in 2019 were sexual assault?
“And if they were and they were upheld, why the police weren’t involved?
“Why wasn’t he sacked at the time — never mind given another job?”
Tory MP John Penrose asked how many more of the Nolan Principles of public life would be breached before the minister says “enough is enough.”
And Tory MP William Wragg said that the answers from the government “change seemingly by the hour.”
Mr Wragg asked his party frontbenchers to ask themselves if they can “tolerate a government which for better or worse is widely regarded as having lost its sense of direction.”
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