Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid resign from cabinet

Both Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Minister Sajid Javid have resigned from cabinet, putting further pressure on Boris Johnson.

The pair have both resigned over the scandal sweeping Chancellor Number 10, writing on Twitter: “I recognize that this may be my last ministerial job but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and so I am taking dismissal.”

Meanwhile, Mr Javid said in a tweet: “I have spoken with the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

“It was a tremendous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience.”

In an inflammatory letter, Mr Javid said the British people “expect integrity from their government”, but voters now believed Johnson’s government was neither competent nor “acting in the national interest”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson previously denied lying to aides about his knowledge of allegations against Chris Pincher.

No 10 spokespersons and ministers made a range of different statements about what Mr Johnson had known about the situation.

When asked if he was lying to them, Mr Johnson said: “No and let me explain what happened. We are talking about a series of appointments over seven years.

“Chris Pincher came into government as a deputy head whip before I became prime minister, he was moved to the State Department, he then became housing secretary and we then reinstated him as a deputy head whip.

“About two and a half years ago I got this complaint, it was something that was brought up to me only very fleetingly, but I wish we, especially me, had acted on it and that he hadn’t stayed in government because he went then.” by, I fear, to act, as far as we can see, on the charges we have, very, very badly.

“I’m sorry to those who have been badly affected by it.”

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