Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have resigned from their roles in the UK Government.

Posting letters of resignation within minutes of each other on social media, each signalled that their decisions were taken over Boris Johnson's leadership.

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer, along with Plaid Cymru's leader in Westminster, have called on more ministers to step down.

In a statement, Sir Keir Starmer said “it’s clear that this Government is now collapsing”, adding that Sunak and Javid have been “complicit” as the Prime Minister “disgraced his office”.

"Tory cabinet ministers have known all along who this Prime Minister is," he added.

"They have been complicit every step of the way as he has disgraced his office and let down his country.

"If they had a shred of integrity they would have gone months ago.

“The British public will not be fooled. The Tory party is corrupted and changing one man won’t fix that."

Reacting to the news, Liz Saville Roberts MP, Plaid Cymru's leader in Westminster, said: "How many cabinet ministers can continue to avoid looking their consciences in the face day in day out?"

 

However, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab and Home Secretary Priti Patel are not expected to quit - with sources close to each confirming that they intend to stay put.

Boris Johnson is reportedly assessing the significance of the resignations to his leadership going forward.

It comes after the PM apologised over his appointment of Chris Pincher - who was accused of inappropriate conduct - to a senior government role, despite having been told about allegations against him as far back as 2019.

Pincher quit as deputy chief whip last week, following claims that he had groped two men at a private members’ club.

At around 6pm on Tuesday evening, Johnson admitted “it was a mistake” to give Chris Pincher his role, and said: “I apologise to everybody who has been badly affected by it.

"I want to make absolutely clear that there’s no place in this Government for anybody who is predatory or who abuses their position of power.”

Minutes later, Sajid Javid became the first to step down from his Cabinet role.

In his letter to the PM, he described a recent vote of confidence - which saw almost half of his own MPs vote against him - as a “moment for humility, grip and new direction”.

Javid added: “I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have therefore lost my confidence too.

 “You will forever be credited with seeing off the threat of Corbynism, and breaking the deadlock on Brexit.”

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He concluded: “The country needs a strong and principled Conservative Party, and the Party is bigger than any one individual.

"I served you loyally and as a friend, but we all serve the country first.

“When made to choose between those loyalties there can only be one answer.”

Approximately nine minutes later, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced his own resignation, commenting that "the public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously."

 

 

Mr Sunak went on: "I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.

 “In preparation for our proposed joint speech on the economy next week, it has become clear to me that our approaches are fundamentally too different.

“I am sad to be leaving Government but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that we cannot continue like this.”

Additional reporting: PA Wire

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