Michael Gove has been sacked by Boris Johnson as the British Prime Minister's inner circle continues to get smaller and smaller.
Gove was the Levelling Up Secretary and there has been no announcement on his replacement at the time of writing.
It's been a tumultuous week for the Prime Minister.
He's suffered the largest exodus of MPs in British political history. Not exactly a title you want.
So far, the people who have resigned include Chancellor Rishi Sunak; Health Secretary Sajid Javid; Education Ministers Will Quince, Alex Burghart and Robin Walker; Solicitor General Alex Chalk, Levelling Up Ministers Neil O'Brien and Kemi Badenoch; Treasury Minister John Glen; Justice Minister Victoria Atkins; Environment Minister Jo Churchill; Housing Minister Sturart Andrew; Business Minister Lee Rowley; Culture Minister Julia Lopez; Work and Pensions Minister Mims Davies; Home Office Minister Rachel Maclean; and Equalities Minister Mike Freer.
Yeah, we told you there were load of resignations.
Boris Johnson is now holding on by a thread and two possible scenarios have been revealed about his future.
Deputy news editor at Sky News, Sam Coates, explained in a Twitter thread that it's not looking good for the current PM.
“1) A cabinet member - like Michael Gove - could tell the PM 'that his time is up'," the tweet said.
“2) If more MPs resign the govt will fall.”
Well, we can probably cross number one off that last now that Michael Gove has been sacked.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid's resignations come soon after the 'Partygate' scandal, which saw British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sunak fined for breaking coronavirus lockdown regulations as a result of parties held in 10 Downing Street.
It also follows the triggering of a vote of no confidence in Johnson which was held on 6 June.
Sunak tweeted his letter of resignation alongside the caption: "The public rightly expects government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously.
"I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.
"My letter to the Prime Minister below."
Javid similarly stepped down from his role and informed the UK of his resignation on the social media platform.
He said: "I have spoken to the Prime Minister to tender my resignation as Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.
"It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience."
Javid reflected on how members of the Conservative Party 'at their best are seen as hard-headed decision-makers, guided by strong values'.
Admitting the party 'may not have always been popular,' he argued it has 'been competent in acting in the national interest'.
Johnson has not yet informed the public about stepping down from his role, although he did previously pledge to ‘keep going’ amid the mass resignation in his party.
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