Boris Johnson to quit as Conservative leader, but will remain PM
Regarding the resignation, "the Prime Minister will make a statement to the country today", the BBC quoted a Downing Street spokesperson as saying. He had vowed to "keep going" following a wave of resignations from the government over his leadership but has now decided to step down.
Pressure mounts on UK PM as ministers ask him to step down
Newly-named Chancellor of the Exchequer Nadhim Zahawi, who succeeded Rishi Sunak who announced his resignation on Tuesday, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Welsh Secretary Simon Hart are among those at 10 Downing Street to convince Johnson to quit over his handling of sexual misconduct claims against former Deputy Chief Whip Chris Pincher, the BBC reported.
Indian and Pakistani origin UK ministers combine to corner Boris Johnson
Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health, and Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced their resignations from the Cabinet within 10 minutes of each other on Tuesday to significantly deepen the 10-month crisis that's been brewing for Johnson because of alleged serial untruths and incompetence on his part. While both Javid and Sunak denied to have conspired to evict Johnson, BBC reported that the two had met over the weekend.
Boris Johnson govt hit by more resignations
Education ministers Will Quince and Robin Walker and ministerial aide Laura Trott on Wednesday, BBC reported. Will Quince said he had "no choice but to tender my resignation" while Laura Trott said she was quitting over a loss of "trust" in the government. The resignations have added to the pressure on the Prime Minister following the departure of his health and finance ministers.
'Approaches different, lost confidence': Sunak, Javid quit Boris Johnson govt
Javid, who is of Pakistani-descent and was the former Home Secretary, quit first. "I have spoken to the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care. It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience," he said in a tweet. Javid said he can no longer serve in Boris Johnson's government in "good conscience" as he has "lost confidence" in the Prime Minister.
It would be 'disgusting' to see Boris Johnson 'naked', says Putin
Speaking during a visit to Turkmenistan, the Russian President also taunted his advisories over their 'lack of machismo' -- when asked about western leaders joking about him at the G7 summit on Sunday. As they sat down for talks amid tensions over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine, Johnson jested that G7 leaders could take their clothes off to "show that we're tougher than Putin".
UK PM Johnson wins confidence vote over 'partygate' scandals
Johnson won the support of 211 out of 359 lawmakers, dozens more than the threshold of 180 votes, according to the result announced by Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party's parliamentary group, the 1922 Committee, Xinhua news agency reported. "I can announce that the parliamentary party does have confidence in the Prime Minister," Brady said.
Indian-origin MPs likely to vote for Boris Johnson in confidence motion
Johnson is accused of being a serial liar. He is charged with misleading Parliament on parties and socialising that took place at his office-cum-residence in Downing Street in violation of laws enacted against such practices during the Covid-19 lockdowns. Last but not the least, he is now perceived to be an electoral liability likely to cause disastrous consequences to his party.
Johnson prepares fightback as confidence vote now likely
Johnson will this week launch a health and housing policy fightback in a last-ditch attempt to win over his critics, the Guardian reported. He is widely expected to face a vote on his leadership as soon as this week, with some MPs predicting that the threshold of 54 letters asking for one has already been exceeded.
UK PM Johnson likely to be spared a leadership contest
However, Johnson told a press conference following publication of the report that he had no plans to resign. He felt it was his job "to get on with the job". The ruling Conservative parliamentary party was scheduled to decide his fate at a meeting on Wednesday evening.