UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Sacks Cabinet Minister Michael Gove

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson sacked Michael Gove, one of his most senior ministers in Cabinet, as he ignored calls to resign.

Gove told Johnson to resign during a meeting on July 6 morning.

“You can’t have a snake who is not with you on any of the big arguments who then gleefully tells the press the leader has to go,” a Downing Street spokesperson said to BBC News.

Gove is the first Cabinet minister to be dismissed in the latest round of government ministers leaving their roles.

Gove’s sacking prompted resignations from two Parliament Private Secretaries in the Department of Leveling Up — Danny Kruger and James Daly — amid a wave of senior resignations

“Due to recent events, it has become very clear that you are sadly unable to lead our Government and deliver on the policies that will change lives for the better and create opportunity for all,” Daly wrote in his resignation letter, adding that he has “lost confidence” in Johnson’s leadership.

A day earlier, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid — two key Cabinet ministers — announced their resignations.

Johnson has been facing mounting calls from top government officials to resign amid a set of scandals, including appointing Chris Pincher to a government role despite being made aware of sexual harassment allegations.

But Johnson told the Commons Liaison Committee that it would not be right for him to “walk away” amid economic pressures and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


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