Sajid Javid began a devastating critique of Boris Johnson at the House of Commons, warning the Prime Minister that “the problem starts at the top” and telling MPs why he resigned from the Minister of Health.
When Javid resigned on Tuesday night, he caused an avalanche of ministerial resignations, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — fought Johnson for his political survival.
After the Prime Minister’s question, the former Minister of Health made a speech comparing Jeffrey Howe’s quiet withered attack on Margaret Thatcher in November 1990.
Javid said he reassured “at the highest level” that there was no party in Downing Street during the blockade of Covid-19, but found that this was not the case.
More recently, he said the government again lacked “truth and integrity” in allegations of sexual harassment by former Deputy Leader Chris Pincher. “At some point we have to conclude that it’s enough,” Javid told the MP. “I think that’s the point now.”
Javid said Britain’s “great democracy” is underpinned by the need to maintain national interests, honesty and integrity. “This is not an abstract issue. We have seen what happens when divisions are established and unbroken in great democracy. Here we allow it to happen. You can’t, “he said.
At least 18 members of the Johnson administration have resigned in the last 24 hours. Voting of trust in the prime minister He won only 59 to 41 percent.
Javid said he would never run the risk of losing his integrity. The events of the last few months have made it increasingly difficult to join the team. “
He said it was unfair to have the minister on the air to keep the line “not confronting” the scrutiny. “I’m worried that the reset button can work many times. Very often I can turn off the machine before I realize something is fundamentally wrong. In the case of. “
Johnson was asked about why the Prime Minister was slow to take action against Pincher and whey who promoted him in light of the “predatory behavior previously committed” of the previous whip. I was challenged by Starmer.
Johnson told the House of Commons that Pincher lost his job “as soon as I noticed the allegations” and is now the subject of an independent investigation.
Earlier, British Finance Minister Nadhim Zahawi said he would consider plans to raise corporate taxes from 19p to 25p.
The April tax hike aims to raise £ 17 billion annually to help restore finances after the UK government has borrowed hundreds of billions of pounds to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
The latest ministers to resign on Wednesday included John Glen, Finance Minister, Justice Minister Victoria Atkins, Robin Walker School Minister, and Joe Churchill Environment Minister.
Glenn blamed Pincher’s appointment as Deputy Leader and Johnson’s “impaired judgment,” and Walker resigned to “attention from the core mission” by the Conservatives relentlessly focusing on leadership questions. I was distracted. ”
Meanwhile, rebel MPs are planning to change the Conservative rules and pass another vote of no confidence against him before the parliamentary summer vacation.
Current Conservative rules allow a vote of no confidence in a leader only once every 12 months.
But that could change next week when the party elects a new executive on the Backbench 1922 Committee, which sets the rules for the leadership contest.
Anti-Johnson candidate Slate is expected to push for a rule change to allow another vote before Congress dissolves in late July due to summer vacation.
Snacks and Javid’s resignation follow multiple scandals that hit Johnson, and Pincher’s story is up to date.
Downing Street claimed for days that Johnson had not been informed of “specific allegations” of pincher misconduct in the past. On Tuesday, Johnson admitted that he had been briefed on the allegations in 2019, but claimed he had forgotten it.