Four senior aides to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have resigned from Downing Street within a few hours on Feb. 3 amid growing pressure.
Policy Chief Munira Mirza, Communications Director Jack Doyle, Chief of Staff Dan Rosenfield, and Johnson’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds handed their resignations.
According to her resignation letter published by The Spectator, Mirza quit over Johnson’s false claim that Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer failed to prosecute serial sexual abuser Jimmy Savile when he was director of Public Prosecution, as well as Johnson’s refusal to apologize for the remark.
“I believe it was wrong for you to imply this week that Keir Starmer was personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice. There was no fair or reasonable basis for that assertion,” Mirza wrote.
“You tried to clarify your position today but, despite my urging, you did not apologize for the misleading impression you gave,” Mirza further wrote.
Mirza worked for Johnson for 14 years, including his time as mayor of London, and she was seen as one of his most trusted advisers.
Doyle resigned after Mirza but insisted that his departure was unlinked to her walkout.
Doyle, who joined Johnson’s Downing Street team in early 2020, said that he had always intended to leave after two years.
Doyle told staff that the “recent weeks have taken a terrible toll on my family life.”
Doyle reportedly attended one of the Christmas gatherings in Downing Street in December 2020 amid a COVID-19 lockdown.
Rosenfield and Reynolds were also caught up in several allegations of attending parties in Downing Street.
A leaked email revealed that Reynolds invited staff to a “bring your own booze” gathering in May 2020.
Both Rosenfield and Reynolds will stay on their roles until their successors are appointed.
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