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Prime minister Boris Johnson set to resign

Prime minister Boris Johnson set to resign
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The prime minister has reportedly agreed to step down after a dramatic few days of resignations.

According to the BBC, Boris Johnson will stay on in the role until the autumn while the Conservative party elect a new leader.

The news came after more than 50 government ministers resigned in less than a week, many criticising the prime minister personally.

The resignations include pensions minister Guy Opperman, city minister John Glen, and Northern Ireland secretary Brandon Lewis.

The flurry began when former chancellor Rishi Sunak and former health secretary Sajid Javid stepped down within minutes of one another on Tuesday (July 5). 

In total, 54 Tory MPs have resigned from government responsibilities, with some of the more recent resignations described as ‘ultra-loyalists’ to Johnson.

Nadhim Zahawi, who has been chancellor for two days, said this morning (July 7) Johnson should leave office and that his leadership "is not sustainable" and "will only get worse”.

Michelle Donelan, who was appointed education secretary two days ago, resigned this morning alongside pensions minister Guy Opperman - the UK’s longest serving pensions minister.

Last night, Johnson sacked secretary of state for levelling up, housing and communities and long-serving ally, Michael Gove, after Gove reportedly told the prime minister he needed to step down.

Gove was, according to Financial Times, the first minister to tell Johnson to step down.  

sally.hickey@ft.com, ruby.hinchliffe@ft.com