The chancellor (left in picture) and health secretary (right in picture) have resigned from the government, saying they no longer have confidence in Boris Johnson to lead the country – BBC
(VX Photo/ Vudi Xhymshiti)
The BBC understands Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove and other cabinet ministers are backing the prime minister as he assesses the scale of the rebellion against his leadership.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the public expected government to be conducted “properly, competently and seriously”.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid echoed this, saying the government was not “acting in the national interest”.
The resignations came minutes after the PM apologised for appointing MP Chris Pincher to a government role.
Mr Johnson admitted he had made a “bad mistake” in appointing Mr Pincher to the role of deputy chief whip earlier this year, despite being told about earlier allegations about the MP’s conduct.
His handling of the row has come in for fierce criticism from the opposition and some of his own MPs.
British Chancellor Rishi Sunak resigned on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – saying the public expected government to be conducted “properly, competently and seriously”.
EDITOR’s NOTE: These are file pictures produced on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Sunak became Chancellor of the Exchequer in February 2020. Sunak previously served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Sajid Javid from July 2019 to February 2020. (Photo/Vudi Xhymshiti)
Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. He echoed his statement saying the government was not “acting in the national interest”. (VX Photo/ Vudi Xhymshiti)
EDITOR’s NOTE: These are file pictures produced on Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022 – as now former Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid arrives at 10 Downing Street.