Boris Johnson news latest: PM ‘taking charge’, minister claims after four Downing Street aides quit

Boris Johnson ‘toxic’ even to his allies, says Malcom Rifkind

Four key members of Boris Johnson’s team resigning on Thursday was the result of the prime minister “taking charge” in the wake of Partygate, a minister has claimed.

Energy minister Greg Hands said on Friday: “The prime minister was absolutely clear on Monday that there would be changes at the top of No 10 and that is what he has delivered.”

Mr Johnson’s director of policy Munira Mirza was the first one to quit yesterday, telling her boss his Jimmy Savile smear against Sir Keir Starmer was “inappropriate and partisan”.

It has been reported that her shock resignation sparked a clear out of No 10 as Boris Johnson tried to take back control of events.

Chief of staff Dan Rosenfield and private secretary Martin Reynolds also joined the chaotic exits as experts dubbed these moves to be “rats leaving the sinking ship”.

Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, has been tipped as Mr Johnson’s most likely successor if he is forced from office.


Full report: Boris Johnson suffers another resignation from No 10 team

Our corresponding politics Ashley Cowburn has more details on the resignation of No 10 aide Elena Narozanski:

Matt Mathers4 February 2022 09:47


Fifth aide leaves as No 10 as exodus continues

Another aid to Boris Johnson has quit her job as the exodus from No 10 Downing Street continues.

Dan Rosenfield, the prime minister’s chief of staff, and Martin Reynolds, his principal private secretary, have already left.

Two other key advisers to Mr Johnson – press chief Jack Doyle and policy chief Munira Mirza – have also called quit.

Matt Mathers4 February 2022 08:57


Tories win Southend West by-election in poll prompted by Sir David Amess killing

The Conservatives have held on to the seat of Southend West following a by-election triggered by the killing of Sir David Amess.

In a contest that Labor and the Liberal Democrats along with other mainstream political parties, chose not to contest, Tory candidate Anna Firth ran out as a comfortable winner with 86% of the vote.

Read the full story here:

holly bancroft4 February 2022 08:29


Minister attempts to claim resignation of four advisers shows Boris Johnson is ‘taking charge’

Government minister Greg Hands has attempted to claim the resignations of key advisers in Boris Johnson’s inner circle demonstrates the prime minister is “taking charge”.

The remarks — echoed by some Tory MPs loyal to the prime minister on social media — follow an evening of turmoil at the top of government, with the departure of No 10’s director and of communications, and head of policy.

Read the full story from Ashley Cowburn here:

holly bancroft4 February 2022 08:22


Tory MP: PM needs to ‘ship up or shape out’

Tory MP Huw Merriman has said that Boris Johnson needed to improve or leave Downing Street for good.

He added that he was “deeply troubled by what’s going on.”


holly bancroft4 February 2022 08:18


Downing street resignations are PM ‘taking charge’, claims minister

Four senior aides resigning at 10 Downing Street are the result of the prime minister “taking charge”, energy minister Greg Hands has claimed.

Speaking on Sky news, Mr Hands said Boris Johnson was making changes to his top team in the way of Sue Gray’s report on Partygate.

“Resignations have been made, resignations have been accepted,” Greg Hands said.

“The Prime Minister was absolutely clear on Monday that there would be changes at the top of No 10 and that is what he has delivered.

“The Sue Gray report update said that there were failing at the top of the operation. This is the Prime Minister taking charge.

“This is a wider issue than just the Sue Gray report. This is about saying we need changes at No 10, which is what the Prime Minister said on Monday.”

Energy Minister Greg Hands


holly bancroft4 February 2022 07:45


Tory whips are braced for ministerial resignations, Telegraph reports

Tory whips are preparing for ministerial resignations, The Daily Telegraph you have reported.

The paper reports that Alex Chalk, the Solicitor General, could be someone who could quit soon because of unhappiness over how Partygate was handled.

It comes as four senior aides left Downing Street yesterday, with one blasting Boris Johnson’s “inappropriate and partisan” attack on Keir Starmer.

holly bancroft4 February 2022 07:36


Watchdog criticizes Boris Johnson and Priti Patel for ‘misleading’ claims about crime

Boris Johnson and Priti Patel have been criticized by the statistics watchdog for “misleading” claims that crime has failed under their leadership.

The prime minister claimed in the House of Commons last week that the government had “been cutting crime by 14 percent.”

Read the full piece here:

holly bancroft4 February 2022 07:27


Pen Farthing’s dog scandal: What you need to know

Boris Johnson ringed in the new year with a rocky start and trouble seems to be increasing for the prime minister after four top No 10 officials resigned on Thursday.

Political commentators, however, have also pegged the Pen Farthing animal evacuation as a political controversy that could have marked the beginning of the end of Mr Johnson’s time at Downing Street.

The PM has been accused of lying to the public after new evidence emerged suggesting he personally authorized the controversial evacuation of 173 dogs and cats from Afghanistan.

Mr Johnson had previously said on 7 December last year that it was “complete nonsense” that he had intervened to have the animals evacuated and that he had “no influence on that particular case”. “Nor would that be right,” he added.

Jon Stone reports on the Pen Farthing controversy here

Harpan Rai4 February 2022 07:06


The parting shot from the last of PM’s ‘old band’ may signal the end

The Independent‘s associate editor Sean O’Grady writes how an attack carries a lot more weight when delivered by a long-time ally, referring to Munira Mirza’s resignation and cited the example of when Geoffrey Howe turned on Margaret Thatcher in 1990.

After about 15 years of association with the old monster, on and off, through City Hall to Downing Street, she’s [Munira Mirza] finally had enough. The Jimmy Savile smear on Keir Starmer was too much for her.

It’s difficult to believe that after all she’s put up with, all the stuff about letter boxes, picanninies, bum boys in tank tops, that this admittedly exceptionally offensive quip was the one thing that she found so inhuman she had to leave the building. It’s more, perhaps, a case of this being the straw that finally broke the camel’s back. Anyway, she’s out.

Read the full analysis here

Harpan Rai4 February 2022 06:34

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