Sajid Javid Explains His Resignation From Johnson’s Cabinet

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Resigning British Health Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on Wednesday that a series of events during the last months had made it impossible for him to stay in his post.

Javid quit Tuesday alongside Treasury chief Rishi Sunak. Both said they could no longer support Prime Minister Boris Johnson because of his handling of ethics scandals including the case of a senior official accused of sexual misconduct.

“Treading the tightrope between loyalty and integrity has become impossible in recent months, and Mr. Speaker, I will never risk losing my integrity,” Javid told the House of Commons on Wednesday.

“I also believe a team is as good as its team captain and that a captain is as good as his or her team. So loyalty must go both ways. The events of recent months have made it increasingly difficult to be in that team.”

Singling out a series of events, from lockdown parties to sexual misconduct allegations against a senior Conservative lawmaker, Javid said “we have reason to question the truth and integrity of what we’ve all been told and at some point, we have to conclude that enough is enough. I believe that point is now.”

Months of discontent over Johnson’s judgment and ethics within the governing Conservative Party erupted with Sunak’s and Javid’s resignations within minutes of each other on Tuesday evening.

The two heavyweights of the Cabinet were responsible for tackling two of the biggest issues facing Britain – the cost-of-living crisis and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Johnson quickly replaced the two men, but a string of junior ministers have also stepped down, and Johnson’s support inside his Conservative Party is shrinking rapidly.

Johnson’s opponents in the party hope more Cabinet ministers will follow Sunak and Javid, though for now other top officials – including Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel – are staying put.

Opponents also hope to change party rules to allow a new no-confidence vote that could oust Johnson.

He survived one such vote last month, with 41% of lawmakers voting against him.

The existing rules require 12 months between such votes, but the rules are made by a party committee and can be changed.

Elections for that committee’s executive are due in the next few weeks.

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