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Boris Johnson rocked by resignation of top ministers Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid


LONDON — Boris Johnson was left fighting for his political life after two senior Cabinet ministers quit with a blast at his integrity.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid was the first to go, saying he can no longer serve in Johnson’s government in “good conscience.” He was quickly followed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the second most powerful minister in the U.K. government after Johnson.

It comes amid a bitter row over the U.K. prime minister’s handling of misconduct allegations against a key ally, and follows months of bad headlines for the premier over the so-called Partygate scandal.

In a letter to the prime minister, Javid said: “I am instinctively a team player but the British people also rightly expect integrity from their government.”

He said the public no longer thought the Conservatives were “hard-headed decision makers guided by strong values,” or “competent in acting in the national interest.”

In his own letter Sunak said it was a decision he had not taken lightly. The chancellor said the public had a right for government to be conducted “properly, competently and seriously.”

And he said that, ahead of a joint speech with the prime minister this week on the economy, it had become clear that their approaches were “fundamentally too different.”

This developing story is being updated.





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