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Boris Johnson has appointed education secretary Nadhim Zahawi his new chancellor after both Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak resigned from the cabinet over the PM’s handling of misconduct allegations against Chris Pincher.

Their departures – along with that of Tory vice-chair Bim Afolami – have thrown Mr Johnson’s premiership into question and come amid mounting Tory fury at the prime minister, after No 10 admitted he was aware when promoting Mr Pincher to a role in charge of MPs’ welfare that a misconduct complaint had been upheld against him.

Downing Street denied accusations from former Foreign Office permanent secretary Lord McDonald that it was “not telling the truth” when asked previously about the matter, instead insisting that Mr Johnson did not originally “recall” being told about the complaint against Mr Pincher.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening, Mr Johnson expressed his “regret” and apologised for the “mistake” of promoting Mr Pincher, acknowledging that he should have sacked him when told about the claims, adding: “In hindsight it was the wrong thing to do.”

Key Points

  • Nadhim Zahawi made chancellor

  • Steve Barclay appointed new health secretary

  • Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign from Cabinet

  • Boris Johnson forgot misconduct complaint against Chris Pincher upheld, No 10 says

  • Top civil servant accuses No 10 of lying over Pincher allegations

  • Johnson was given ‘first-hand account’ of allegations against Pincher before promoting him

  • No 10 reject Diane Abbott's claims about Johnson

Read Will Quince’s resignation letter

08:44 , Zoe Tidman

Will Quince says he is resigning as children’s minister after he “accepted and repeated assurances” to the media which were “inaccurate”.

Read his resignation letter in full here:

BREAKING: Minister who defended Boris Johnson over Chris Pincher resigns

08:39 , Zoe Tidman

Minister who previously defended Boris Johnson over Chris Pincher resigns

‘Good to see you,’ smiling Javid tells reporters outside house

08:36 , Zoe Tidman

Sajid Javid has been spotting leaving his southwest London home this morning following his shock resignation as health secretary.

The smiling former minister did not speak to reporters about leaving his post.

“Morning, thanks for coming. It is good to see you,” he said before getting into a car and leaving.

Another resignation

08:28 , Zoe Tidman

A Department of Transport parliamentary private secretary has joined the chorus of resignations.

Tory MP Laura Trott said: “Trust in politics is - and must always be - of the upmost importance, but sadly in recent months this has been lost.”

Nadhim Zahawi v Alastair Campbell

08:25 , Zoe Tidman

Nadhim Zahawi gave Alastair Campbell a few mentions this morning, naming him as someone “egging” government to turn on each other.

“Wherever Alastair Campbell is, you want to be on the opposite side of the argument,” he added to Sky News.

Here is the former Blair comms chief’s reply:

Boris Johnson has ‘great instinct for self-preservation’ - but just about himself, Tory MP says

08:16 , Zoe Tidman

A Tory MP has said Boris Johnson has a “great instinct for self-preservation”.

“The unfortunate thing is it is about him, not about the country, not even about the Conservative party,” Sir Roger Gale told Sky News.

Watch below:

Full story: Nadhim Zahawi denies he threatened to quit government

08:08 , Zoe Tidman

Nadhim Zahawi has denied he threatened to resign from Boris Johnson’s cabinet amid a tussle for the role as chancellor and also hinted a planned rise in corporation tax may be axed, Ashley Cowburn reports.

The remarks from the newly appointed chancellor come as the prime minister clings to power after the twin resignations of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, alongside a slew of junior aides.

Zahawi denies he threatened to resign and hints corporation tax hike may be axed

What is expected in parliament today?

07:58 , Zoe Tidman

Boris Johnson will face questions in parliament followed by a grilling by senior MPs today, with his premiership on the brink after a slew of resignations from ministers saying he was not fit to govern.

The level of hostility he is confronting from within his own party will be laid bare later when he appears before MPs for his weekly question session, before later facing the chairs of parliamentary committees for a scheduled two-hour grilling.

“I suspect we will have to drag him kicking and screaming from Downing Street,” one Conservative lawmaker told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity. “But if we have to do it that way then we will.”

Zahawi avoids saying if he would run as leader

07:47 , Zoe Tidman

The new chancellor also dodges a question about whether he would run as leader if there was a vacancy:

Zahawi asked about plans as chancellor

07:43 , Zoe Tidman

Sky News presenter quizzed Nadhim Zahawi on what he would do in new role as chancellor.

He repeatedly told her it was his “first day” in the job and would look at all the options for a number of issues, including fuel duty and corporation tax.

Zahawi said he did not threaten to quit as well

07:37 , Zoe Tidman

Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News he did not threaten to resign as others quit their posts.

He denied reports Liz Truss was going to be chancellor until the former education secretary threatened to go if it was not him.

“This is a team game. You play for the team and deliver for the nation,” he said.

‘You don’t go into this job to have an easy life,’ new chancellor Nadhim Zahawi says

07:27 , Zoe Tidman

Nadhim Zahawi has just been on Sky News in his newly-appointed role of chancellor.

First question: “What first attracted you to become chancellor to a man described as a liar, a schemer, a law breaker and without integrity?”

His response: “You don’t go into this job to have an easy life. You make some tough decisions every day, and sometimes it is easy to walk away but actually it is much tougher to deliver for the country.”

He said he was doing this job because “the team” in government today “will deliver”.

Ex Tory vice chair says No 10 handling of Pincher scandal ‘appalling'

07:22 , Zoe Tidman

Former Tory vice chair Bim Afolami, who resigned yesterday, has called No 10’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal as “really appalling”.

The MP said he voted for Boris Johnson in the recent confidence ballot because he believed he had “earned the right to rebuild trust in him”.

“I thought that was right, to give him that time. But I think that in the last few weeks we’ve seen that things haven’t improved. They’ve got a lot worse,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“I think the behaviour of Downing Street over the Chris Pincher affair was really appalling. And I, personally, just couldn’t think I could defend that sort of behaviour any longer.”

Majority of Tory voters now want Johnson to quit, YouGov poll suggests

07:15 , Stuti Mishra

The majority of Conservative voters and two-thirds of Britons think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister after a series of high-profile government resignations shook his premiership, a poll has found.

The snap survey published by YouGov on Tuesday night revealed that 54 per cent of Tory voters were in favour of Mr Johnson stepping down, while 33 per cent said he should remain.

The pollster said it was the first time that the number calling for him to leave had been higher than those who want him to stay.

My colleague Emily Atkinson has more:

Majority of Tory voters now want Johnson to quit, YouGov poll suggests

‘I’m sorry...’: Seven times Boris Johnson has apologised

07:00 , Stuti Mishra

Boris Johnson‘s leadership has seen the prime minister apologise on multiple occasions, following various gaffes and scandals.

Yesterday, the prime minister apologised over the latest issue; his handling of the Chris Pincher scandal, which has seen Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid resign from their posts, alongside other ministers.

Mass resignations have thrown the future of the prime minister’s leadership into question, with opposition leader Keir Starmer stating that the government is “collapsing”.

Prime ministers with shortest time in office - how Boris Johnson compares?

06:45 , Stuti Mishra

As key members of Boris Johnson’s cabinet resign, the calls for the prime minister to step down have intensified.

If Mr Johnson decides to resign, he would have spent 1,077 days in office so far, making him the sixth shortest-serving premier since 1900.

Shortest serving prime ministers since 1990 (PA Graphics)
Shortest serving prime ministers since 1990 (PA Graphics)

'Won't be indulging in political parlour games,' says defence secretary

06:30 , Stuti Mishra

As Boris Johnson receives a plethora of resignations from members of his government, defence secretary Ben Wallace has said he has no time for “political parlour games”.

The Sun’s political editor Harry Cole tweeted the defence secretary had said: “To be clear, I am going on Thursday to see brave Ukrainian men and women training to fight for their lives and their country.

“I won't be indulging in political parlour games nor will I be resigning.”

What is a snap election that Keir Starmer is backing?

06:15 , Stuti Mishra

Labour leader Keir Starmer is backing the idea of a snap election after Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak dramatically quit, leaving Boris Johnson in what critics said was an “untenable” position.

Sir Keir said the government was collapsing and the prime minister was unfit to govern - as talk of a snap election mounted.

He said if ministers who had backed him had a shred of integrity “they would have gone months ago”.

The Tory party is corrupted, and changing one man at the top won’t fix it: we need a real change of government and a fresh start for Britain.

Keir Starmer, Labour leader

Here’s what a snap election means:

Keir Starmer backs snap election – but what is one?

Papers lead on calls for PM to go after shock resignations

05:56 , Stuti Mishra

In the midst of a ministerial coup, Britain’s front pages focus on the mounting cries for Boris Johnson to step down.

The Independent says the prime minister is “on the brink” after Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid quit their respective roles as chancellor and health secretary on Tuesday.

Johnson on the brink, says The Independent’s front page on Wednesday (Screengrab/Independent)
Johnson on the brink, says The Independent’s front page on Wednesday (Screengrab/Independent)

The Times has called in its leading article for the prime minister to resign, saying that every day he remains “deepens the sense of chaos”. “For the good of the country, he should go,” it adds.

Game over for Boris Johnson, says The Times (The Times/ Tomorrow’s Papers Today)
Game over for Boris Johnson, says The Times (The Times/ Tomorrow’s Papers Today)

We deserve better than Boris Johnson’s “rudderless administration” to lead us through the cost of living crisis, The Guardian writes.

The prime minister’s time is up, says The Guardian (The Guardian/ Tomorrow’s Papers Today)
The prime minister’s time is up, says The Guardian (The Guardian/ Tomorrow’s Papers Today)

Here are all the front pages from today morning:

Papers call on PM to quit after shock resignations throw No 10 into chaos

Timeline of crises engulfing Boris Johnson’s leadership

05:29 , Stuti Mishra

Boris Johnson was dealt the biggest blow of his premiership by the resignations of two senior cabinet ministers in the wake of his handling of the row over scandal-hit former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.

A humiliating apology from the prime minister failed to prevent the departure of Rishi Sunak as chancellor and Sajid Javid as health secretary.

But Conservative grievances with Mr Johnson stretch back much further, mounting since a different row over standards in public life and Mr Johnson’s handling of the Owen Paterson lobbying scandal.

Here is a timeline of the recent political crises that have engulfed the prime minister’s leadership:

Timeline of crises engulfing Boris Johnson’s leadership

'Conservative Party is currently unrecognisable to me’: The other Tory MPs who have quit

05:10 , Stuti Mishra

It’s not just Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid who have stepped down. After the two big-hitters announced their resignations, a whole raft of Conservative MPs said they would be leaving their political offices in government.

Although not as high profile, the resignation of such individuals points to the mounting sense of crisis consuming Boris Johnson’s administration, which appears poised to implode on itself after being buffeted by one scandal after another.

Samuel Lovett brings you what the government’s lesser-known quitters had to say:

‘The Party is currently unrecognisable’: The Tory MP letters to Boris revealed

Time for Johnson to go, says ex-cabinet minister Lord Frost

04:48 , Stuti Mishra

Former Tory Brexit minister Lord David Frost has called on Boris Johnson to quit as prime minister before he takes the Conservative Party and the government “down with him”.

Lord Frost writes in The Daily Telegraph that Mr Johnson’s place in history will be secure as “one of the past century’s most consequential prime ministers”.

If he leaves now, before chaos descends, that reputation is what will be remembered. If he hangs on, he risks taking the party and the Government down with him.

Lord David Frost

“That’s why it is time for him to go. If he does, he can still hand on to a new team, one that is determined to defend and seek the opportunities of Brexit, one that is able to win the next election convincingly,” the former Cabinet minister said.

“That is in the Conservative Party’s interest, in Leave voters’ interest, and in the national interest. It needs to happen.”

All the major resignations under Boris Johnson’s rule

04:31 , Stuti Mishra

Boris Johnson’s premiership has given way to some of the most explosive resignations in recent political history - with the jumping ship of his own brother, and Tuesday’s bumper departure of Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak among the most devastating.

And Tuesday’s list of resignations did not end there, with the likes of Javid’s parliamentary private secretary Saqib Bhatti MP and trade envoy to Morocco Andrew Murrison joining its ever-growing ranks.

With his premiership hanging in the balance, we take a look back at all the major resignations under Boris Johnson’s fraught rule:

All the major resignations under Boris Johnson’s rule as Sunak and Javid quit

Thatcher minister says Boris Johnson was ‘never fit’ to be PM

04:00 , Liam James

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, a prominent minister in Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s governments, said Boris Johnson was “always unfit to be prime minister”.

In a Newsnight interview the former foreign secretary said Mr Johnson was now disliked across the country.

He said: “The antipathy to Boris Johnson in Scotland is matched in England and Wales as well. This is no longer a north-south divide or England-Scotland divide, pretty much the whole country thinks he’s a loser, should not be prime minister, does not have the integrity or honesty to command.”

Introducing Newsnight, presenter Kirsty Wark told viewers the producers could not find anyone willing to defend Mr Johnson on Tuesday’s programme.

70% say Boris Johnson should go

03:00 , Liam James

Seven in 10 British adults say Boris Johnson should resign, according to a snap YouGov poll of more than 3,000 people.

YouGov said that is an 11-point rise on the number of people in favour of the prime minister’s resignation when last asked on 9 June, days after he survuved a vote of confidence by Tory MPs.

But just 21 per cent of people polled said they thought Mr Johnson will resign.

Meanwhile nearly six in 10 (56 per cent) people said they thought Rishi Sunak was right to resign as chancellor.

Watch: Why did Sunak and Javid resign?

02:00 , Liam James

The team at Independent TV have prepared the following video to explain the background to tonight’s most seismic resignations:

Boris Johnson forced into crisis reshuffle as Zahawi replaces Sunak as chancellor

01:00 , Liam James

Boris Johnson was forced into a chaotic reshuffle on Tuesday night after potential leadership rivals Rishi Sunak quit as chancellor and Sajid Javid resigned as health secretary (Adam Forrest writes).

The prime minister faces the biggest leadership crisis of his premiership after his handling of the row over scandal-hit ex-deputy chief whip Chris Pincher also sparked a flurry of resignations by envoys and parliamentary aides.

In scathing remarks, Mr Javid said voters believed the government was neither competent nor “acting in the national interest”, while Mr Sunak said Britain deserved an administration that is run “properly, competently and seriously”.

Nadhim Zahawi was promoted to be the new chancellor, with universities minister Michelle Donelan stepping up to take his place as education secretary. Steve Barclay, the PM’s chief of staff, was given the role of health secretary.

According to reports, Mr Johnson had wanted Liz Truss as chancellor but Mr Zahawi forced his hand by threatening to join the rebellion and quit if he was not given the job at No 11.

Boris Johnson forced into crisis reshuffle as Zahawi replaces Sunak

Watch: Nadine Dorries filmed rushing into Downing Street after double resignation

Wednesday 6 July 2022 00:00 , Liam James

Noted Johnson loyalist Nadine Dorries rushed to the prime minister’s side this evening after the resignation of two of his key ministers.

Sky News captured this footage:

Shadow chancellor says Zahawi ‘propping up failing’ Boris Johnson

Tuesday 5 July 2022 23:30 , Liam James

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves has accused the new chancellor of acting in his own interest.

The Labour MP tweeted after the appointment of Nadhim Zahawi to head the Treasury that the cabinet was propping up a “failing prime minister”.

Another resignation for Boris Johnson

Tuesday 5 July 2022 23:13 , Liam James

Boris Johnson has lost another minister on a night of resignations.

Alex Chalk, solicitor general for England and Wales, told the prime minister he was leaving his role due to the cumulative impact of a series of scandals.

The Cheltenham MP said it was “with great sadness” he was quitting the post but he could not “defend the indefensible”.

Zahawi forced Boris Johnson to make him chancellor – report

Tuesday 5 July 2022 22:58 , Liam James

Nadhim Zahawi secured his new role as chancellor by threatening to join the rebellion against Boris Johnson, according to a report.

The Express cites government sources as saying the prime minister wanted Liz Truss to be his new chancellor but Mr Zahawi forced his hand by threatening to resign as education secretary if not promoted.

Mr Zahawi was reportedly planning to leave overnight before he was called in by the prime minister to be asked why he had not declared his loyalty. Ms Truss had already publicly stated she would back Mr Johnson.

Tory MP tweets disappointment with new education secretary

Tuesday 5 July 2022 22:54 , Liam James

What might have seemed one of the less controversial moves this evening – the appointment of Michelle Donelan as education secretary – has not gone down well in all quarters.

Responding directly to the official Downing Street Twitter account’s announcement of the replacement for new chancellor Nadhim Zahawi at the top of the Department for Education, Tory MP Lucy Allan wrote: “Seriously”.

The member for Telford was a fan of Mr Zahawi, calling him “a brilliant and inspirational education secretary”.

 (Twitter)
(Twitter)

Watch: Keir Starmer backs general election and says government is ‘collapsing’

Tuesday 5 July 2022 22:41 , Liam James

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he would welcome a snap general election and the country needed a change of government after Boris Johnson’s hold on power crumbled.

Asked if he would support a national poll if one were called in the next two weeks, Sir Keir said: “Yes. We need a fresh start for Britain. We need a change of government and this government is collapsing.”

Zahawi leaves No 10 as chancellor, makes no comment

Tuesday 5 July 2022 22:30 , Liam James

Nadhim Zahawi has walked out of Number 10 for the first time as Britain’s chancellor.

He held a brown envelope, remained silent and appeared expressionless as he walked towards a ministerial car waiting on Downing Street.

He made no comment when asked by reporters if he would “spray public money around to save Boris Johnson’s skin’’ before the car pulled away.

Zahawi leaving No 10 (Reuters)
Zahawi leaving No 10 (Reuters)

Another trade envoy resigns over Boris Johnson

Tuesday 5 July 2022 22:20 , Liam James

Boris Johnson’s government has lost another trade envoy as Theo Clarke MP resigned her role promoting British interests in Kenya.

Ms Clarke said the prime minister showed a “severe lack of judgement” in appointing Chris Pincher to a position of care for MPs in knowledge of sexual misconduct claims against him.

Michelle Donelan made new education secretary

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:58 , Liam James

Michelle Donelan will replace Nadhim Zahawi as education secretary after Boris Johnson appointed the latter his new chancellor.

Ms Donelan was formerly a junior education minister.

 (Getty)
(Getty)

Nadhim Zahawi made new Chancellor after Rishi Sunak resignation

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:48 , Liam James

Nadhim Zahawi is the new Chancellor, after winning a tussle with Liz Truss for the role in Boris Johnson’s crisis reshuffle.

More follows here:

Nadhim Zahawi is the new Chancellor after Rishi Sunak resignation

Steve Barclay cannot ‘sugar coat’ major NHS challenges, leaders warn

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:36 , Andy Gregory

Our health correspondent Rebecca Thomas reports:

NHS leaders have warned that incoming health secretary Steve Barclay cannot “sugar coat” the big challenges facing healthcare amid battles over fair NHS pay, crumbing hospital buildings and a growing workforce crisis.

And speaking with The Independent, Colenzo Jarret Thorpe, health lead for Unite the Union said he feared the departure of Mr Javid could push back the government’s decision over what pay uplift to award NHS staff.

He added: “Whoever comes in will need time to get on top of their brief. There is no propect in the change of the government direction unil a change in prime minister or a change in government.”

You can read the full report on the response from health leaders here:

New health secretary Steve Barclay cannot ‘sugar coat’ NHS challenges, leaders warn

Watch: Boris Johnson's tumultuous summer

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:30 , Andy Gregory

My colleagues on The Independent’s video desk have this round-up of Boris Johnson’s tumultuous summer so far.

Tory MP backs changing 1922 Committee rules to allow another confidence vote

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:27 , Andy Gregory

Conservative MP for South Cambridgeshire, Anthony Browne, has told Sky News he supports a change in the 1922 Committee’s rules over allowing another no-confidence vote in Boris Johnson.

“There’s the 1922 Committee, they’ve got rules at the moment which means they can only have one vote of no confidence per year,” Mr Browne said. “There’s a new election for the secretariat of that, the executive, it’s within their legal rights to change the rules and to require a new vote of no confidence.

“What I do know is the prime minister has lost the confidence of very large parts of his parliamentary party and I just don’t think it’s sustainable.”

Boris Johnson ‘sorry’ to receive Sajid Javid’s resignation letter

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:26 , Andy Gregory

Boris Johnson has told Sajid Javid he was “sorry” to receive his resignation letter as health secretary and suggested his Government would “continue to deliver” plans for the NHS.

In a brief letter, the prime minister wrote: “Dear Saj, Thank you for your letter this evening tendering your resignation. I was very sorry to receive it. You have served this government, and the people of the United Kingdom, with distinction.”

Mr Johnson noted Mr Javid’s work to tackle Covid backlogs and other plans for the health service, and vowed that “the Government will continue to deliver on them”.

“You will be greatly missed, and I look forward to your contribution from the backbenches,” he concluded.

Fourth parliamentary private secretary resigns, says PM’s position ‘untenable'

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:24 , Andy Gregory

Tory MP Virginia Crosbie has become the fourth parliamentary private secretary to resign this evening.

In a letter to the prime minister, she said: “Sadly, I am forced to say that the sheer number of allegations of impropriety and illegality – many of them centred around Downing Street and your premiership – is quite simply making your position untenable.”

She claimed that his “considerable achievements” are being “overshadowed by the simple calculation I believe the country has made – that you cannot be trusted to tell the truth”.

Fabricant suggests Zahawi for chancellor, Dorries for health secretary

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:19 , Andy Gregory

Tory MP Michael Fabricant has claimed there was “obvious collusion” in tonight’s resignations, and has given his thoughts on who should take up the vacant posts.

Nadhim Zahawi was recently seen entering No 10, and did not respond when asked by press outside whether he was “standing by the prime minister”.

Theresa May spotted at the opera

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:15 , Andy Gregory

Former prime minister Theresa May has been pictured at the opera as the political drama engulfing her successor’s premiership unfolds tonight.

It is said to be a performance of Cavalleria Rusticana, an opera in one act.

Steve Barclay appointed new health secretary

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:03 , Andy Gregory

Our political correspondent Adam Forrest has more on the news that Steve Barclay will replace Sajid Javid as health secretary.

You can refresh this breaking story for updates:

‘I will miss working with you in government,’ PM tells Rishi Sunak

Tuesday 5 July 2022 21:01 , Andy Gregory

Boris Johnson has written a letter to Rishi Sunak following his resignation as chancellor.

The prime minister said Mr Sunak had “provided outstanding service to the country through the most challenging period for our economy in peacetime history”.

He concludes: “I have enormously valued your advice and deep commitment to public service and will miss working with you in government.”

Universities minister seen entering Downing Street

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:52 , Andy Gregory

Universities minister Michelle Donelan has been spotted entering No 10 shortly after Nadhim Zahawi.

She did not make any comment as she walked into Downing Street, minutes after the education secretary.

 (REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)
(REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

Steve Barclay ‘appointed new health secretary’, reports suggest

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:51 , Andy Gregory

Steve Barclay has been appointed the new health secretary, according to The Telegraph and Sky News.

The minister was brought in as Boris Johnson’s chief of staff at No 10 in February, as he pledged to tighten his operation at Downing Street in response to the Partygate scandal.

Lord Frost’s letter in full as former Brexit negotiator calls for PM to quit

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:44 , Andy Gregory

Lord Frost, who was a special adviser to Boris Johnson when the now-PM was foreign secretary under Theresa May, has said that Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid have “done the right thing”.

The former Brexit negotiator added there is “no chance” of Mr Johnson putting in place the change in approach needed to running a government.

You can read his letter calling for the PM to quit in full here:

Sunak and Javid resignations: Lord Frost’s letter in full

Nadhim Zahawi seen entering No 10

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:41 , Andy Gregory

Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has been spotted entering Downing Street.

He reportedly did not answer when asked by press outside whether he was “standing by the prime minister”.

A third Tory MP resigns as parliamentary private secretary

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:39 , Andy Gregory

Another parliamentary private secretary – West Bromwich East MP Nichola Richards – has resigned, following in the recent footsteps of Jonathan Gullis and Saqib Bhatti.

Tory MP resigns as trade envoy

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:35 , Andy Gregory

Tory MP Andrew Murrison has stepped down from his post as trade envoy to Morocco, writing a letter to Boris Johnson in which he calls for the prime minister to resign.

“Others must square, as best they can, their continuing enjoyment of your patronage with their personal sense of decency, honour and integrity, but I no longer can,” he wrote.

“Your position has become unrecoverable. I strongly urge you to resign.”

The manner in which he published the letter may also have caused some eyebrows to furrow:

Formerly supportive Tory MP withdraws backing for PM

Tuesday 5 July 2022 20:29 , Andy Gregory

Tory MP Sally-Ann Hart, who previously backed Boris Johnson in June’s confidence vote, has said she is no longer able to support him.