British prime minister Boris Johnson’s four aides resigned just days after investigation revealed that multiple parties took place at Downing Street while the rest of the United Kingdom was living under strict COVID-19 lockdown rules.
Johnson’s Head of Policy, Munira Mirza, Chief of Staff Dan Rosenfield, Principal private secretary Martin Reynolds, and Communications Director Jack Doyle, all left their posts on Thursday.
Johnson’s longstanding policy chief Munira Mirza was the first to go, saying her decision was motivated by controversial comments the prime minister made about the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer.
On Monday, Johnson alleged that Starmer failed to prosecute Britain’s most notorious pedophile, Jimmy Savile while serving as director of public prosecutions.
In Mirza’s resignation letter, she said she believed “it was wrong” for Johnson “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.”
Within hours from Mirza’s resignation, the other three Johnson’s top aides followed.
Rosenfield, Reynolds, and Doyle have been implicated in Downing Street’s response to the lockdown parties being investigated by the Metropolitan police.
Earlier, a report authored by senior civil servant Sue Gray found multiple parties and a culture of excessive drinking at Downing Street.
“Against the backdrop of the pandemic, when the Government was asking citizens to accept far-reaching restrictions on their lives, some of the behavior surrounding these gatherings is difficult to justify,” the report said.
Telegraph reported that Elena Narozanski, a No 10 Policy Unit member also resigned but there is no official confirmation yet.
Editors Note: Story “BORIS-JOHNSON-AIDES-QUIT” corrected on 04.02.2022 18:09
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