Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid quit saying they have lost confidence in PM Boris Johnson
Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid have quit as chancellor and health secretary respectively in what is seen as another blow to the Boris Johnson led government.
Both the ministers admitted that they had lost confidence in the Prime Minister, who has been embroiled in several scandals over the last few months, including the latest one which involves MP Chris Pincher who was appointed as Johnson’s deputy chief whip, despite the pending sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Johnson was forced to apologise on Tuesday and expressed his regret at appointing the MP saying that he had made a “bad mistake”, but denied knowing anything about the accusations that were made against Pincher before his appointment.
Sunak addressed PM Johnson in his resignation letter and wrote, “The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously, adding that “our approaches are fundamentally too different”.
“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.”
He concluded the letter saying, “I am sad to be leaving government but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot continue like this.”
Javid in his letter 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.”
This development comes after Johnson narrowly managed to escape unharmed after a vote of no confidence last month.
However, several cabinet ministers have come forward in Johnson’s support with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who is seen as a potential leadership candidate, saying that she was “100% behind the PM”.