BORIS Johnson vowed to soldier on today after a fired-up Sajid Javid stuck the knife in and called for him to quit at a dramatic PMQs showdown.
The PM said he could even win a General Election despite a flood of resignations in a morning from hell.
Boris shrugged off his enemies including newly-resigned Javid who told him “enough is a enough” in a powerful statement at crunch PMQs.
Javid accused BoJo of being “unfair” on ministers by rolling them out to defend his bad decisions on TV every morning.
He called on the Tory leader to go now.
The MP said: “At some point we have to conclude that enough is enough. I believe that point is now.
“The reset button can only work so many times. There’s only so many times you can turn that machine on and off before you realise something is fundamentally wrong.”
Hy het bygevoeg: “The problem starts at the top, it’s not going to change.”
Four ministers all quit before lunchtime while a slew of once loyal Tory MPs called for the PM to fall on his sword.
Tory plotters are trying to force the PM out by changing the leadership rules at a meeting of the backbench 1922 Committee at 5pm today.
They want to tinker with the rulebook so another confidence vote go ahead as soon as possible.
More Conservative rebels stuck the knife in during PMQs and asked if there was anything that would make him resign.
But defiant Mr Johnson roared: “The job of a prime minister in difficult circumstances when he’s been handed a colossal mandate is to keep going – and that’s what I’m going to do.”
He even insisted he would soldier on to win the next general election.
In a blistering speech Sajid Javid called for the PM to quit.
Mr Johnson tried to turn the tables onto Sir Keir Starmer, accusing him of scheming to “overturn the will of the British people and take us back into Europe”.
The Labour leader shot back: “What a pathetic spectacle that the dying act of his political career is to parrot that nonsense.”
And rubbing salt in the wounds of all the resignations, hy het bygevoeg: “Isn’t this the first recorded case of the sinking ships fleeing the rats.”
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The PM was met with loud boos and shouts of “shame” from the Labour benches as he walked in.
On his own side Tory MPs were awkward and quiet despite whips trying to rally them to cheer.
The only clapping from government back benches came when Red Wall MP Gary Sambrook begged the PM to “take responsibility and resign”.
The floodgates of mutiny opened this morning as Will Quince and Robin Walker left their jobs as education ministers while Treasury minister John Glen followed Rishi Sunak out the door.
Home Office Minister Vicky Atkins also left along with Environment Minister Jo Churchill.
More resignations are expected to flood in today as the PM’s enemies smell blood and seize their chance to push him out of No10.
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Mr Sunak and Sajid Javid spectacularly wielded the knife yesterday with devastating Cabinet resignations.
And at 3.30pm the PM will endure further probing by a firing squad of senior MPs eager to haul the embattled PM over the coals.
In key developments:
- New Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi rushed out to defend the PM
- He dangled the prospect of tax cuts to win round Tory MPs
- Sajid Javid is expected to make a resignation statement after PMQs
- Cabinet Minister Steve Barclay was appointed Health Secretary
- Universities Minister Michelle Donelan was promoted to Education Secretary
- Twelve people have so far resigned from the government
- More Tory MPs submitted letters of no confidence including Red Wall stalwart Lee Anderson
Desperate to stem the tide of rebellion after being ambushed with Mr Quince’s resignation live on air, new Chancellor Mr Zahawi toured TV studios urging MPs to throw down their knives.
Hy het gesê: “All I would say to my colleagues is people don’t vote for divided teams.”
It came after rising start Tory MP Ms Trott quit as an aide to the Transport Secretary.
She said that “trust in politics is – and must always be – of the upmost importance, but sadly in recent months this has been lost”.
ALL THE RESIGNATIONS TO ROCK BORIS
ALL the resignations to rock Boris Johnson.
Oliver Dowden was the first big name in cabinet to resign. He stepped down on June 24 off the back of two embarrassing by-election defeats for the Tories.
Sajid Javid – Heavyweight Sajid Javid kicked off the gropegate coup at 6.02pm on Tuesday night. In a letter Mr Javid praised the PM for crushing Corbynism and fighting Covid, but said the public can no longer trust him to act in their best interest.
Rishi Sunak – Leadership contender Rishi Sunak followed Mr Javid just nine minutes later. In a letter he slammed the PM for not being competent or serious.
Andrew Murrison – Former trade envoy to Morocco Andrew Murrison stood down at 7pm.
Bim Afolami –Tory Party Vice Chair Bim Afolami resigned at 7.28pm.
Jonathan Gullis –Norther Ireland PPS and former ultra-loyalist to the PM Jonathan Gullis resigned at 7.48pm.
Saqib Bhatti – PPS to Mr Javid Saqib Bhatti followed his boss out the door at 7.51pm.
Nicola Richards – Transport PPS Nicola Richards resigned at 8.27pm.
Virginia Crosbie – Wales PPS Virginia Crosby said bye bye to BoJo at 8.55pm.
Theo Clarke – The trade envoy to Kenya resigned at 8.01pm.
Alex Chalk – Solicitor General and long-time waverer Alex Chalk stepped down at 10.51pm. He was the last of Tuesday night’s tidal wave of resignations.
Laura Trott – Tory rising star and Transport PPS Laura Trott kicked off today’s resignation marathon at 8.07am.
Will Quince – Children’s minister Will Quince followed Ms Trott with a letter sent off at 8.25am.
Robin Walker – Education minister Robin Walker quit government at 9.43am.
Felicity Buchan – Business PPS Felicity Buchan resigned at 11.05am.
John Glen – Treasury Minister John Glen resigned at 11.06am.
Vicky Atkins – Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins posted her resignation letter at 11.32am.
Jo Churchill – Environment Minister resigned just after noon
Mr Quince quit as children’s minister after being sent out earlier in the week to defend the PM over the Chris Pincher scandal.
The line the Tory MP was given by No10 later turned out to be incorrect.
In a stinging resignation letter he said: “Thank you for meeting with me yesterday evening and for your sincere apology regarding the briefings I received from No10 ahead of Monday’s media round, which we now know to be inaccurate.
“It is with great sadness and regret that I feel that I have no choice but to tender my resignation as minister for children and families as I accepted and repeated those assurances in good faith.”
Schools Standards Minister Robin Walker piled in: “The loss of the Rishi Sunak and the Sajid Javid this week, two of our brightest talents from the top team, reflects a worrying narrowing of the broad church that I believe any Conservative Government should seek to achieve.”
Ten top Tories have now followed Mr Sunak and Mr Javid out the door.
Mr Sunak was livid that today’s massive National Insurance cut was being overshadowed by No10’s “lack of focus, grip and competence” after months of rolling scandals.
In a blistering resignation letter, hy het gesê: “The public rightly expects government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously.
“I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning.”
But Mr Johnson hit back that he would finally now be able to cut taxes without being blocked by his nervous neighbour — as he promoted Nadhim Zahawi to take the reins of the nation’s finances in troubled times.
The PM told MPs last night: “I know you’re all avidly in favour of tax cuts and tonight’s events might make that a bit easier to deliver.”