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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has landed in trouble after a rebellion by lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party. At least 39 ministers and parliamentary secretaries have quit in less than 24 hours. Not only this, two dozen senior ministers, including Home Minister Priti Patel and Transport Minister Grant Shapps, met the PM on Wednesday and asked him to resign.
The stampede, which started with the resignations of Health Minister Sajid Javid and Indian-origin Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, continued on Wednesday. 39, including Financial Services Secretary John Glenn, Security Secretary Rachel McLean, Export and Equality Minister Mike Freer, Housing and Communities Junior Minister Neil O’Brien and Education Department junior Secretary Alex Burghart, 39, have resigned expressing no confidence in Johnson.
Adding to Prime Minister Johnson’s crisis, senior ministers in his government went to the Prime Minister’s residence 10, Downing Street on Wednesday evening and asked him to step down. The most important thing was that Home Minister Priti Patel, who was considered to be her staunch supporter, was also included in these ministers. Johnson met individually to put pressure on ministers. But more than 15 of his ministers are understood to have insisted on a change of leadership to improve the Conservative Party’s prospects in the next election.
PM shows fear of party’s defeat
Johnson is not ready to step down, despite a growing number of ministers leaving office. The PM says, due to his resignation, elections will have to be held soon, in which the Tories may have to face defeat. However, in the meeting of the party’s liaison committee, he had avoided questions of early election or resignation.
Rishi Sunak will not take any post in politics
Rishi Sunak of Indian descent, who reached the post of Finance Minister, has indicated that he will not take any post in politics after leaving the post. He hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson for appointing him to a key position without naming former party deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.
Nadeem Jahavi Finance, Steve Barkley Health Minister
After the resignation of two ministers including Finance Minister Rishi Sunak, the PM has appointed two new ministers. Now Nadeem Jahavi has been made the new Finance Minister in place of Rishi Sunak, while Steve Barkley has been made the new Health Minister in place of Sajid Javed.