Cabinet ministers head to Number 10 to tell Boris Johnson to quit

 Boris Johnson walks out of Downing Street on July 6, 2022

2022-07-06 21:16:00

Cabinet ministers, including the new Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, have headed into Number 10 to tell Boris Johnson to resign.

The delegation of senior politicians, which also includes Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart, are joining Chief Whip Chris Heaton-Harris to tell the PM his position is untenable.

Sky News’ deputy political editor Sam Coates understands they will deliver the “final ultimatum” to Mr Johnson, saying “you go or we do”.

International Trade Secretary Anne Marie Trevelyan was also seen entering No 10, and our political editor Beth Rigby says she has been told Home Secretary Priti Patel is inside as well.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis are also understood to be supporting the delegation, but are not in London to join their cabinet colleagues.

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Mr Johnson has yet to arrive back in Downing Street after giving evidence to the Liaison Committee over in the House of Commons, insisting to its members that he will stay in power as it was not “responsible just to walk away”.

But resignations from his government have now hit 36 and several MPs have been publicly tweeting their calls for his departure.

One of the latest to join them is Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely, who said “important debates and important issues… are being drowned out by the incessant noise from Downing Street”.

Meanwhile, the executive of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee has been meeting to discuss whether to change the rules to allow a fresh confidence vote in the prime minister to take place.

The influential group decided it would hold elections for a new executive on Monday, and they could decide on any rule change the very same night.

British Transport Secretary Grant Shapps arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain July 6, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble
A stony-faced Grant Shapps was seen heading into No 10 on Wednesday afternoon

Resignations from Mr Johnson’s government began on Tuesday after Downing Street admitted he had known about allegations of inappropriate behaviour by disgraced MP Chris Pincher in 2019 before hiring him as deputy chief whip in February.

Ministers had been sent out to defend Mr Johnson and say he did not know about any “specific” allegations.

Mr Pincher resigned from the role last week after further allegations that he groped two men at a private club in London, and he was later suspended from the Conservative Party.

Former senior civil servant Lord McDonald revealed on Tuesday that the PM had been told in person of the 2019 allegations, despite what Downing Street was telling the press.

Less than 12 hours later, Mr Javid and Mr Sunak quit, prompting a flurry of more junior ministers saying they could no longer support Mr Johnson.

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