Over 30 people left the UK government because of the loss of confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Among those who retired are both heads of ministries and deputies who take part in the work of the government without being members of it.
In addition to Health Minister Sajid Javid and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Transport Minister Grant Shapps, Justice Minister Victoria Atkins, Finance Minister John Glen, Environment Minister Joe Churchill, Housing Minister Stuart Andrew, and Welsh Secretary of State Simon resigned. Hart, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis, Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister for Enterprise Kwazi Kwarteng, Minister for Families and Children Will Queens, Minister for Schools Robin Walker, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party Bim Afolami, and personal secretaries (assistant ministers).
In total, two members of the Johnson cabinet, 15 ministers, 18 deputy ministers, four trade representatives and one senior member of the Conservative Party left their posts (two people held two posts, they resigned from both).
There is no one specific reason for this decision – it is a whole series of scandals that accompanies Johnson’s rule. The largest of them were parties at the prime minister’s residence, which he held during the lockdowns. On them, members of the cabinet drank and did not comply with anti-covid measures, which they themselves established for residents of the UK.
The second largest scandal is connected with a high-ranking member of the Conservative Party, Chris Pincher: while intoxicated, he molested two men in a private club. It was Johnson who appointed the MP. The prime minister did not notice that Pincher had already been the subject of a parliamentary investigation into inappropriate sexual behavior.
A July 6 Boris Johnson acknowledged at a meeting of the parliamentary committee that he met several times with the Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev, and no other officials were with him at those moments. According to him, there were only a few such meetings, one of them took place in Italy when Johnson was foreign secretary in 2018. Lebedev does not hide the fact that he worked in the KGB in the past. His son Eugene, on the recommendation of the Johnson government, was granted the title of Lord.
Boris Johnson himself insists that he will continue to work, and is not going to call a snap election. In early June, the Prime Minister already withstood a vote of no confidence, although the margin in his favor was minimal – many heads of the British government left office even with more impressive successes in the vote.
Now Johnson has at least a year when he cannot be presented with a vote again. Despite this, the members of the “1922 Committee” of the Conservative Party, which control the leader of the party and the head of government, plan to go into action and replace Johnson.
Polls YouGov, the work of the government is disapproved by 60 percent of the British, Johnson personally by 71 percent. If elections were held last week, more people would vote for Labor than for the Conservatives, and the latter would lose at least 26 seats in parliament, sociologists predict.