Three more staff quit PM’s office — Analysis

With the prime minister underneath growing strain, the workers exodus from Downing Road continues

Amid mutiny within the Tory Social gathering ranks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has misplaced three very important staffers: his communications director, personal secretary, and chief of workers all resigning on Thursday night. Information of the trio’s exit got here shortly after Johnson’s coverage chief unexpectedly stepped down.

Director of Communications Jack Doyle, Chief of Employees Dan Rosenfield, and senior civil servant Martin Reynolds, who had been the PM’s principal personal secretary, all handed of their resignations on Thursday. Doyle had apparently deliberate on leaving however reportedly informed colleagues that current weeks at Quantity 10 had “taken a horrible toll on my household life.” In the meantime, Reynolds’ title has been linked to the Partygate scandal, after it emerged that he invited greater than 100 Downing Road workers to a ‘BYOB’ drinks get together in Might 2020, whereas the UK was underneath lockdown.

BoJo’s policy chief & long-time ally quits

Johnson has been hammered within the press, by opposition, and by his personal get together in current weeks over a sequence of alleged lockdown-breaching occasions that passed off at authorities workplaces, together with Downing Road, in 2020. Stories of the occasions sparked an inquiry by senior civil servant Sue Grey and a Met Police inquiry, the latter of which is ongoing. 

The most recent departures from No. 10 come after 17 Tory MPs submitted letters of no confidence in Johnson’s management, based on the BBC. Nonetheless, some UK pundits have speculated that the PM is urgent his staffers to resign, in a bid to clear “out anybody and everybody related to the Partygate chaos.”

But Johnson can also be in sizzling water over a remark made in Parliament to Labour Chief Keir Starmer on Monday whereas the opposition questioned the PM over Grey’s findings. Johnson blamed Starmer for the Crown Prosecution Service’s failure to prosecute infamous pedophile Jimmy Savile again in 2009, one thing Starmer, who led the CPS on the time, apparently had nothing to do with.

Johnson’s jibe outraged Starmer, who accused the PM of smearing him with the “conspiracy theories of violent fascists,” and earlier on Thursday one in every of Johnson’s longest-serving colleagues, coverage chief Munira Mirza, handed in her resignation over his Savile remark. In her letter to Johnson, Mirza referred to as on Johnson to “apologise for a grave error of judgement made underneath enormous strain.”

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