Wed. Aug 17th, 2022

Boris Johnson faces having to rebuild his government if he survives as leader following 39 resignations since Tuesday evening.

The letters have arrived at a rate of knots since the PM was forced to apologize over his handling of the Chris Pincher scandalas it emerged he’d forgotten about being told of previous allegations of “inappropriate” conduct.

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So who has said they will stay or go?

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak is undoubtedly the most significant resignation. The chancellor said that he could no longer remain loyal to the prime minister.

Sajid Javid

Health Secretary Sajid Javid also resigned. He said the British people “expect integrity from their government”, but voters now believed the current administration was neither competent nor “acting in the national interest”.

Will Quince

Children and families minister Will Quince has resigned, saying he had “no choice” after appearing on Sky News on Monday to defend Mr Johnson using Number 10 briefings “which have now been found to be inaccurate”.

Robin Walker

Schools Minister Robin Walker was next to go. He said the Government has been “overshadowed by mistakes and questions about integrity”.

Victoria Atkins

Victoria Atkins has resigned as a justice minister, saying “I can no longer pirouette around our fractured values” and “we can and must be better than this”.

John Glen

Treasury Minister John Glen has resigned, telling Boris Johnson “I can no longer reconcile my commitment to the role” with “the complete lack of confidence I have in your continuing leadership of our country”.

Jo Churchill

Minister of the Environment Jo Churchill also criticized the PM in her resignation, calling for a leader with integrity and competence rather than a “jocular self-serving approach.”

Stuart Andrew

Stuart Andrew has resigned as housing minister, saying “our party, particularly our members and more importantly our great country, deserve better”.

Mims Davies

Mims Davies has resigned as employment minister, saying the Conservative Party needed a “fresh start”.

Conservative resignations

Five junior ministers coordinated their resignations, signing a letter together. They are Kemi Badenoch, Neil O’Brien, Alex Burghart, Lee Rowley spirit Julia Lopez.

Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean resigned as minister for safeguarding at the Home Office, saying the prime minister should “resign for the good of the country and our party”.

Mike Freer

Mike Freer has resigned as minister for exports and minister for equalities, complaining about “creating an atmosphere of hostility for LGBT + people”, adding “I can no longer defend policies I fundamentally disagree with”.

Who else has said they are going:

Laura Trott has resigned as parliamentary private secretary at the Department of Transport
Alex Chalk resigned as solicitor general
Andrew Murrison resigned as trade envoy to Morocco
Bim Afolami has resigned as Tory vice chair

Conservative resignations

Jonathan Gullis has resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the Northern Ireland secretary
Saqib Bhatti has resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the health secretary
Nicola Richards has resigned as parliamentary private secretary for the Department for Transport
Virginia Crosbie has quit her role as parliamentary private secretary at the Welsh Office

Conservative resignations

Claire Coutinho has resigned as a parliamentary private secretary to the Treasury
David Johnston has resigned as a parliamentary private secretary for the Department of Education
Felicity Buchan has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Selaine Saxby has resigned as parliamentary private secretary at the Treasury

Conservative resignations

Duncan Baker has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Leveling Up, Housing and Communities
Craig Williams has resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the chancellor
Mark Logan resigned as parliamentary private secretary to the Ministers for Northern Ireland
Theo Clarke has resigned as the prime minister’s trade envoy to Kenya

Conservative resignations

Mark Fletcher has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Business
• Sara Britcliffe has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Education
• Ruth Edwards has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Scotland Office
• Peter Gibson has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Trade

Conservative resignations

• David Duguid has resigned as a trade envoy for Angola and Zambia
• James Sunderland has resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
• Jacob Younghas resigned as parliamentary private secretary in the Department for Leveling Up

Who has been promoted?

• Nadhim Zahawi will move from education secretary to chancellor
• Steve Barclay, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, has been promoted to health secretary
• Education Minister Michelle Donelan will replace Mr Zahawi as education secretary

Conservative appointments

Who has said they are staying:

• Housing Secretary Michael Gove
• Justice Secretary Dominic Raab – a spokesperson said Mr Raab is “loyal to the prime minister”
• Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries – she said the PM “consistently gets all the big decisions right”
• Brexit opportunities minister Jacob Rees-Mogg – he told Sky News “the prime minister won a large mandate in a general election, a vote of the British people and that should not be taken away from him because a number of people resign”
• Scotland Secretary Alister Jack – he said “I fully support the prime minister”
• Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng
• Home Secretary Priti Patel
• Defense Secretary Ben Wallace
• International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan
• Attorney General Suella Braverman
• Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
• Wales Secretary Simon Hart
• Transport Secretary Grant Shapps
• Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis
• Chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris
• Cabinet Minister Alok Sharma
• Cabinet Minister Michael Ellis
• Chief Secretary to the Treasury Simon Clarke
• Lord Privy Seal, and Leader of the House of Lords Baroness Evans
• Secretary of State at the Department of Work and Pensions Therese Coffey

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