×

World

UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak & Health Minister Sajid Javid Resign From Boris Johnson Govt

British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid resigned from their offices on Tuesday.

Sajid Javid Rishi Sunak
Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak quit as Secretary of State for Health and Finance Minister from Boris Johnson government on July 5, 2022. (Image: Twitter/Sajid Javid/ ANI)

New Delhi: British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Secretary of State for Health Sajid Javid resigned from their offices on Tuesday. These ministerial exits will come as a big blow to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership.

Earlier in the day, Johnson, on whom the pressure has been mounting, admitted that it was wrong to appoint a tarnished member of Parliament to a key government post.

His statement came after a former civil servant spoke out about Downing Street’s handling of allegations against recently suspended MP Chris Pincher. Johnson said he “bitterly regrets” giving Pincher a government role as Deputy Chief Whip after being made aware of a misconduct complaint against him.

“In hindsight it was the wrong thing to do and I apologise to everyone who has been badly affected by it. I just want to make absolutely clear that there’s no place in this government for anybody who is predatory or abuses their position of power,” PTI quoted him as saying.

His statement was soon followed by resignations from Sunak and Javid.

Sharing his resignation letter on Twitter, Sunak said, “The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. 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.”

Javid, a British citizen of Pakistani origin, also took to Twitter to share the news, saying, “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.”

In his resignation letter, Javid said, “We [Conservative party] may not have always been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest. Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither.

“The vote of confidence last month showed that a large number of our colleagues agree. 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,” he said.