BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has resigned from his position as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, stating he could ‘no longer serve in this Government ‘in good conscience’ and Prime Minister Boris Johnson had lost his confidence.
In a letter published on Twitter he wrote: “I am instinctively a team player but the British people rightly deserve integrity from their Government.”
He added the tone he (Boris Johnson) set as leader and the values he represented, reflected on his colleagues, his party and ultimately the country.
“Conservatives at their best are seen as hard-headed decision-makers guided by strong values.
“We may not have always been popular but we have been competent in acting in the national interest.
“Sadly, in the current circumstance, the public are concluding that we are now neither.
“The vote of confidence last month showed that a large number of our colleagues agree.
“It was a moment for humility, grip and new direction.
“I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have lost my confidence too.”
He praised Mr Johnson for ‘seeing off the threat of Corbynism’ and ‘breaking the Brexit deadlock’ but he went on to say: “The country needs a strong and principled Conservative Party and the party is bigger than any one individual.
“I served you loyally and as a friend but we all serve the country first.
“When made to choose between those loyalties, there can only be one answer.”
Mr Javid also thanked his ministerial and departmental colleagues and stressed his admiration for NHS and social care staff and his family who had all been patient during these ‘challenging times’.
Less than 20 minutes after Mr Javid made his announcement, Chancellor Rishi Sunak followed suit and also resigned.
Earlier today Mr Johnson apologised for appointing Chris Pincher to the role of Deputy Chief Whip and admitted it was a ‘mistake’ in light of complaints about previous misconduct.
Frontline doctor and chairman of the Bromsgrove Liberal Democrats David Nicholl, who stood against Mr Javid at the last election, said: “Sajid Javid resigning over Johnson’s lies is welcome, though this is, this is like the rats jumping off a sinking ship for a government that is just based on lies, corruption and breaking the law.”
He added he challenged Mr Javid on the PM’s claim of 40 ‘new hospitals’ as untrue in the general election and claimed as well as repeating it, Mr Javid elaborated and said there would be 48 new hospitals.
“This week the National Audit Office announced an investigation into this as it was felt unaffordable and the public had been oversold the policy.
‘What these lies show is we need rid of the lot of them.
“This government needs cleaning out. Bromsgrove deserves so much better.”