Tory resignations listed in full as pressure mounts on embattled Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson's leadership is under ever-increasing pressure as a string of resignations rock the Government
So far, the following politicians have resigned from the Government:
Rishi Sunak (Chancellor)
Sajid Javid (Health Secretary)
Will Quince (Minister for Children and Families)
Alex Chalk (Solicitor General)
Robin Walker (Schools Minister)
Bim Afolami (Conservative Party Vice-Chair)
Andrew Murrison (Trade Envoy to Morocco)
Theo Clarke (Trade Envoy to Kenya)
John Glen (Economic Secretary to the Treasury)
Victoria Atkins (Minister for Prisons and Probation)
Jo Churchill (Minister at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
Stuart Andrew (Housing Minister)
Kemi Badenoch (Minister for Levelling Up Communities and Minister for Equalities)
Julia Lopez (Minister for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure)
Alex Burghart (PPS)
Craig Williams (PPS)
Mims Davies (PPS)
Neil O’Brien (PPS)
Lee Rowley (PPS)
David Johnston (PPS)
Laura Trott (PPS)
Claire Coutinho (PPS)
Selaine Saxby (PPS)
Jonathan Gullis (PPS)
Saqib Bhatti (PPS)
Nicola Richards (PPS)
Virginia Crosbie (PPS)
Felicity Buchan (PPS)
Rachel Maclean (Home Office Minister)
Mike Freer (Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities)
Mark Fletcher (PPS)
Sara Britcliffe (PPS)
Ruth Edwards (PPS)
Peter Gibson (PPS)
David Duguid (Trade Envoy)
James Sunderland (PPS)
Jacob Young (PPS)
David Mundell (Trade Envoy)
James Daly (PPS)
Danny Kruger (PPS)
Simon Hart (Welsh Secretary)
Ed Argar (Minister of State for Health)
Mark Logan (PPS)
Gareth Davies (PPS)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted he will not leave No 10 despite a mounting revolt against his leadership.
Ministers and aides have continued to submit their resignations, while support is ebbing away from the Prime Minister among previously-loyal MPs.
But Mr Johnson is understood to have told allies that he is “not going anywhere” and his critics should “calm down”.
On Wednesday morning, Robin Walker resigned as schools standards minister, telling the Prime Minister the “great achievements” of the Government have become “overshadowed by mistakes and questions about integrity”.
Will Quince quit as children and families minister, saying he could not accept being sent out to defend the Prime Minister on television with inaccurate information over the Chris Pincher row.
Treasury economic secretary John Glen quit, telling the Prime Minister he could not reconcile staying in the job with “the complete lack of confidence I have in your continuing leadership of our country”.
Laura Trott resigned as a ministerial aide, saying “trust in politics is – and must always be – of the utmost importance, but sadly in recent months this has been lost”, while Felicity Buchan also stood down as a parliamentary private secretary, calling for “fresh leadership”.
In his letter resigning as minister for exports and equalities, Conservative MP for Finchley and Golders Green Mike Freer cited “an atmosphere of hostility for LGBT+ people”.
Mark Fletcher, who witnessed Chris Pincher's actions, said the Prime Minister's response led to his resignation.
He said: “Such a view seems to me an attempt to absolve Mr Pincher of his actions and, in so doing, to be an apologist for someone who has committed sexual assault. I am unable to accept such a crass and insensitive interpretation of what happened that night."
Their resignations followed a string of departures from the Government on Tuesday evening, led by Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, who delivered broadsides at Mr Johnson as they quit their Cabinet posts.
Former Health Secretary Mr Javid added to Mr Johnson’s problems with a personal statement in the Commons on Wednesday.
Simon Hart became the third Cabinet minister to quit a Government role late on Wednesday night, followed swiftly by Edward Argar, Health Secretary.
Mr Hart wrote: “I have never been a massive fan of Ministerial resignations being the best means of forcing change.
“Colleagues have done their upmost in private and public to help you turn the ship around, but it is with sadness that I feel we have passed the point where this is possible."