LONDON — Britain’s minister for kids and households resigned on Wednesday morning, turning into the most recent in a rising exodus of officers from the scandal-engulfed authorities of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Only two days earlier, the minister, Will Quince, had stoutly defended Mr. Johnson’s function within the promotion of a Conservative lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct and extreme ingesting.
“With great sadness and regret, I have this morning tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister after I accepted and repeated assurances on Monday to the media which have now been found to be inaccurate,” Mr. Quince said on Twitter.
Mr. Quince’s case laid naked one in every of Mr. Johnson’s vulnerabilities on this season of scandal: Not solely has the prime minister been accused of dissembling and issuing false statements, however Downing Street has additionally despatched out representatives to tv information studios to repeat these misguided claims on behalf of Mr. Johnson.
In his assertion, Mr. Quince stated Downing Street had given him a “categorical assurance” that Mr. Johnson had not been conscious of any “specific” allegation in opposition to the Conservative lawmaker, Chris Pincher, earlier than appointing him to the submit of the get together’s deputy chief whip this 12 months. Downing Street later admitted that was not true.
Robin Walker, the minister of state for college requirements, additionally stepped down on Wednesday, citing Mr. Johnson’s more and more tumultuous tenure, together with the resignation of Rishi Sunak as chancellor of the Exchequer and Sajid Javid as well being secretary.
“Unfortunately,” Mr. Walker wrote in a letter that he then posted on Twitter, “recent events have made it clear to me that our great party, for which I have campaigned all of my adult life, has become distracted from its core missions by a relentless focus on questions over leadership.”
Mr. Walker added that the lack of Mr. Sunak and Mr. Javid — whom he described as “two of our broadest talents” — mirrored “a worrying narrowing of the broad church that I believe any Conservative government should seek to achieve.”
Addressing Mr. Johnson within the letter, Mr. Walker wrote: “You won the confidence of your colleagues just a few weeks ago, but the events and revelations since have undermined this. I have publicly supported you as leader of our party and prime minister, but I am afraid I feel I can do so no longer.”
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