Boris Johnson rocked by another resignation as rising star Laura Trott steps down from PPS role
Laura Trott said "trust in politics has been lost in recent months" during an announcement on Facebook
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been rocked by another resignation after Laura Trott announced she has stepped down as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport.
In a post on Facebook, Ms Trott said: “Trust in politics is – and must always be – of the upmost importance, but sadly in recent months this has been lost.
“Thank you to all of you who have written to me expressing your views. I have read them carefully, and taken them into consideration as part of my decision.
“I have, and will always, put the residents of Sevenoaks and Swanley front and centre of my work in Westminster.”
Minutes later, Minister for Children Will Quince also tendered his resignation, saying he had “no choice” after defending Mr Johnson in the Chris Pincher row using Number 10 briefings “which have now been found to be inaccurate”.
On Twitter, the MP for Colchester posted a photograph of his letter of resignation, which read: "With great sadness and regret, I have this morning tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister after I accepted and repeated assurances on Monday to the media which have now been found to be inaccurate.
"I wish my successor well – it is the best job in Government."
Mr Pincher quit as Deputy Chief Whip last week following claims that he groped two men at a private members’ club, but Mr Johnson was told about allegations about him as far back as 2019.
The latest resignations come just hours after former Health Secretary Sajid Javid and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak also stepped down from their roles.
Speaking last night, Conservative MP Tim Loughton said "the game is up" for Mr Johnson following the resignations of Mr Javid and Mr Sunak.
Mr Loughton added that he expected more senior ministers to resign as pressure mounts on the PM.
He told GB News: "It needed some senior ministers to resign to start the process, the one thing that has been missing in recent weeks is ministers deciding they can no longer go on defending the indefensible.
"Hats off to Rishi and Sajid for having taken initiative this evening and I'm sure there will be a number more to follow, unless Boris does see the writing on the wall, the game is up and I'm afraid we need a new Prime Minister."