Boris Johnson vows to fight on despite calls from Cabinet colleagues

A group of ministers believed to have included Nadhim Zahawi and Priti Patel were believed to have urged Boris Johnson to move on

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The Prime Minister has refused to quit despite calls from Cabinet colleagues, insisting that he would continue to focus on the “hugely important issues facing the country”.

The news follows a meeting which took place at no.10 this evening, where senior Cabinet ministers urged the Prime Minister to resign, following his handling of allegations of misconduct against Chris Pincher.

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Home Secretary Priti Patel, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart were believed to have been among the Cabinet ministers telling Mr Johnson to stand down.

It is understood that Ms Patel spoke to the Prime Minister to convey the “overwhelming view” of the parliamentary party.

Reports even suggested Nadhim Zahawi, who was only appointed Chancellor on Tuesday, was among those taking part in the showdown with Mr Johnson.

But allies including Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries and Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg all remained supportive of Mr Johnson.

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