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‘I can’t defend what happened’: What MPs told Boris Johnson in resignation letters


Rishi Sunak Chancellor
“The audience rightly expect that the government be run correctly, competently and seriously.

Sajid Javid health secretary
“It has been an immense privilege to serve in this role, but I regret being able to no longer continue in good conscience.


quince Education Minister
“With great sadness and regret, I have this morning tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister after accepting and repeating assurances to the media on Monday that have now proven to be inaccurate.

Alex Chalk Solicitor General
To be in government is to accept the duty to defend difficult, even unpopular political positions, when it serves the national interest at large. But he can’t stretch to defend the indefensible.

Robin Walker Education Minister
I have always believed that it is our party’s job to find the right balance between efficiency and compassion, but the picture that emerges from the struggles of the past few months is that we risk reaching neither.”

John Glen Treasury Minister
I can no longer reconcile my commitment to the function and the financial services industry with the total lack of confidence that I have in your continued leadership of our country.

Victoria Atkins Justice Ministry
“I can no longer pirouette around our fractured values. We can and must be better than that.

Jo Churchill Minister of the Environment
Recent events have shown that integrity, competence and judgment are all essential to the role of Prime Minister, while a selfish approach necessarily has its limits.

Stuart Andre Minister of Housing
There comes a time when you have to be careful of your own personal integrity and the time has come.”

Mims Davies Minister of Employment
“I have no trust in your leadership, and I ask you to consider your position for the good of the country and the party.

Rachel Maclean Minister of Safeguarding
“Values, principles, integrity and decency matter more than anything and I can not continue sit idly by and do nothing. »

Mike Freer Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities
“I feel we are moving away from the conservative One Nation party I joined, including creating an atmosphere of hostility for LGBT+ people and I regret that I can no longer advocate policies that I fundamentally disagree with.”

Parliamentary private secretaries

Jonathan Gulis Northern Ireland Office
I feel for too long we have focused more on dealing with our reputational damage rather than delivering for the people of this country and spreading opportunity for all, which is why I entered politics.

Saqib Bhatti Department of Health and Social Affairs
My conscience will not allow me to continue to support this administration. It is for this reason that I must submit my resignation.

Nicholas Richards transport department
At a time when my constituents are concerned about the cost of living and I do my best to support them, I can’t solve myself to serve as PPS in the current circumstances, where the focus is distorted by a lack of judgment with which I do not wish to be associated.

Virginia Crosby Welsh office
I have to say that the large number of allegations of impropriety and illegality – many of which center on Downing Street and your Premiership – simply makes your position untenable.

Felicity Buchan Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
“I’m afraid you have lost confidence of my constituents and of me. The current situation is untenable. »

Laura Trott PPS at the State Secretariat for Transport
“Trust in politics is – and should always be – of the utmost importance, but unfortunately in recent months it has been lost.”

Claire Coutinho Treasury PPS
I have resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury.

David Johnstone PPS at Ministry of Education
“I can’t defend what has happened in recent days, even in recent months.

Selaine Saxby PPS to the Secretary General of the Treasury
“Trust, truth and integrity are essential in our work as politicians and public servants, and I hoped that resetting earlier in the year might have given us the chance to go in a different direction, however, events this week have shown that was not the case.

Duncan Baker PPS at the Department of Leveling, Housing and Communities
I have to stay true to my values ​​and my principles. I felt for a considerable time that the situation could not last.

Craig Williams PPS to Chancellor of the Exchequer
“I thought it was right that we draw a line from previous events and focus on rebuilding trust with the public and getting the right policies in place. He now has become apparent these last days, that it becomes impossible.

Mark Logan PPS in the Northern Ireland office
“There are so much anyone can expect my constituents to accept or ignore.

Sara Britcliffe PPS at Ministry of Education
“I believe that the government risks becoming if subsumed in the continued firefighting of self-inflicted problems, this will impair our ability to deliver on this critically important program.

Marc Flecher PPS at the commercial secretariat
“You suggested that the events of that night [when former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher was accused of drunkenly assaulting two men] were the fault of the colleagues present for allowing him to drink so much. Such a view strikes me as an attempt to absolve Mr. Pincher of his actions and, in doing so, to be an apologist for someone who has committed a sexual assault.

Ruth Edwards PPS at Scotland Office
“I was heartbroken to learn on Wednesday that you had been made aware of serious sexual assault allegations against Chris Pincher and that despite this you continued to name him.”

Peter Gibson PPS at the Ministry of International Trade
“It is of the utmost importance that the Prime Minister’s Office represent all the high standards required of public life, which I do not think it currently does.”

James Sunderland PPS at the service of the environment
“I have today resigned as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Defra. I would like to thank everyone who has taken the trouble to share their views with me over the past few months.

The five deputies who resigned suddenly

“He became more and more clear that government cannot function given the issues that have come to light and how they have been addressed.

Kemi Badenoch Minister for Local Government, Worship and Communities

Neil O’Brien Minister for Leveling Up, Union and Constitution

Alex Burgart Minister for Learning and Skills

Lee Rowley minister of industry

Julia Lopez Minister of Media, Data and Digital Infrastructure


Bim Afolami Vice President of the Conservative Party for Youth

Andrew Murrison Trade envoy to Morocco

Theodora Clarke Trade Envoy to Kenya

David Duguid Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia