Boris Johnson’s time as Prime Minister are drawing to a close. Today two senior ministers have resigned from his government. Both are possible contenders to be his successor. The first to go was the Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Then Rishi Sunak resigned. The Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister) is one of the three “Great Offices of State”.
Earlier today, another minister was forced to go before the House of Commons to justify Boris’s actions in relation to “Gropeminster”.
Downing Street had previously said Mr Johnson was not aware of any specific allegations against Mr Pincher when, in February, he appointed him deputy chief whip - a role in which he was responsible for enforcing discipline among Conservative MPs.
On Monday, the children's minister Will Quince said he had received "a categorical assurance that the prime minister was not aware of any specific allegation or complaint made against the former deputy chief whip".
However, later that day, BBC News revealed that the prime minister had been aware of a formal complaint about the MP.
Simon McDonald (Baron McDonald of Salford) was appointed as a cross-bench Life Peer after his retirement as the head of the UK Diplomatic Service.
Loyalist tried to claim Boris was immune after winning a vote of confidence from the Tory MPs. Under the current “1922 Committee” rules that means a further confidence vote cannot take place for a year. Rules can be changed especially when MPs are very aware of their recent huge by-election losses (following more sex scandals). Boris is increasingly being criticised for his economy with the verité.
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: To lose one by-election is unfortunate. To lose two by-elections and two senior cabinet ministers looks like the end. It took 6 months for Teresa May to go from “winning” a Tory vote of confidence to her resignation but then she was not revealed to have tried to get her lover, later her spouse to get a well paid government job they were unqualified for.