LONDON — Britain’s minister for youngsters and households resigned on Wednesday morning, turning into the most recent in a rising exodus of officers from the scandal-engulfed authorities of Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Solely two days earlier, the minister, Will Quince, had stoutly defended Mr. Johnson’s position within the promotion of a Conservative lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct and extreme consuming.
“With nice unhappiness and remorse, I’ve this morning tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister after I accepted and repeated assurances on Monday to the media which have now been discovered to be inaccurate,” Mr. Quince mentioned on Twitter.
Mr. Quince’s case laid naked certainly one of Mr. Johnson’s vulnerabilities on this season of scandal: Not solely has the prime minister been accused of dissembling and issuing false statements, however Downing Road has additionally despatched out representatives to tv information studios to repeat these inaccurate claims on behalf of Mr. Johnson.
In his assertion, Mr. Quince mentioned Downing Road had given him a “categorical assurance” that Mr. Johnson had not been conscious of any “particular” allegation in opposition to the Conservative lawmaker, Chris Pincher, earlier than appointing him to the put up of the get together’s deputy chief whip this yr. Downing Road later admitted that was not true.
Robin Walker, the minister of state for college requirements, additionally stepped down on Wednesday, citing Mr. Johnson’s more and more tumultuous tenure, together with the resignation of Rishi Sunak as chancellor of the Exchequer and Sajid Javid as well being secretary.
“Sadly,” Mr. Walker wrote in a letter that he then posted on Twitter, “current occasions have made it clear to me that our nice get together, for which I’ve campaigned all of my grownup life, has turn into distracted from its core missions by a relentless give attention to questions over management.”
Mr. Walker added that the lack of Mr. Sunak and Mr. Javid — whom he described as “two of our broadest abilities” — mirrored “a worrying narrowing of the broad church that I imagine any Conservative authorities ought to search to attain.”
Addressing Mr. Johnson within the letter, Mr. Walker wrote: “You gained the arrogance of your colleagues just some weeks in the past, however the occasions and revelations since have undermined this. I’ve publicly supported you as chief of our get together and prime minister, however I’m afraid I really feel I can achieve this not.”