On Tuesday, July 5, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid resigned because they did not trust Prime Minister Boris Johnson. According to Firstpost, both submitted their resignations within 10 minutes.
According to the report, Sunak and Javid’s junior ministers and other close friends also quit their jobs. Following the resignations, Boris Johnson elected Nadhim Zahawi as Treasury Secretary (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Steve Barclay replaced Javid as Health Secretary.
Several news outlets said the resignations may have stemmed from how Johnson dealt with allegations of sexual misconduct against MP Chris Pincher. The former lawmaker and deputy chief whip quit last week after two male colleagues said he touched them. Since he left his job, more allegations have been made.
Boris Johnson is doubling down and will ‘carry on’ despite his MPs resigning over mistrust.
Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) were held in the House of Commons on Wednesday 6 July. Boris Johnson was there. Speaking about the 18 resignations that have just taken place, Johnson said:
Despite many people quitting, the 58-year-old vowed to “keep going”, saying:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his scandals
Since Johnson replaced Theresa May as UK Prime Minister in 2019, he has been at the center of much controversy as he led the Brexit process.
But it seems unlikely that Johnson will give up his job as Prime Minister of the UK despite being the focus of some controversy lately. The 58-year-old made that clear in his Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on July 6 in the House of Commons.
Chris Pincher controversy
Sexual misconduct allegations against former deputy police chief Pincher are at the center of a recent scandal. Johnson chose Pincher in February of that year, and the Prime Minister’s office later said Johnson was unaware of the former MP’s previous allegations. But Simon McDonald, a former top official, recently said he investigated the allegations against Pincher in 2019 and found them to be true.
Renovation of Downing Street flat
In December last year, the Conservative Party was fined £17,800 for failing to report that it had used a donation to refurbish the Prime Minister’s official home at Downing Street. The money came from a donation, but they didn’t tell anyone about it. Reports say that a famous designer was responsible for the renovation and that expensive wallpaper was used.
This political scandal began as COVID cases surged and Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party came together. Some of these parties are said to have taken place at Johnson’s Downing Street flat.
Johnson is said to have gone to a Downing Street birthday party in June 2020, which broke COVID rules and cost him a fine. At the time, his opponents were calling for his resignation, but Johnson wasn’t listening. He later said he was “fully sorry.”
Later in April 2021, Boris Johnson was forced to apologize to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II over allegations that members of the Conservative Party threw a party at Prince Philip’s funeral.
The Guardian ran a story about how former Conservative MP Owen Paterson lobbied for companies that paid him in shady ways. Investigators found Paterson had used his position more than once to promote two companies.
The Committee on Standards voted to suspend the MP for 30 days, but Paterson resigned in response to the backlash. The election to fill his MP seat was lost by the Conservative Party.
Other sexual misconduct allegations against party members
Members of Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party have been accused of sexual misconduct more than once. These individuals include lawmakers like Imran Ahmad Khan, who was found guilty of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. Another politician, whose name is not given, was arrested on charges of rape and assault.
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With all these problems facing Boris Johnson and his party, it is not clear if the British Prime Minister will be ousted before he resigns. But it is likely that the determined Conservative leader will not heed calls to step down and end his tenure.