London: Another aide of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned. This has taken the total number of resignations in Downing Street to five. The British prime minister struggles to re-establish his government after the “Partygate” scandal has left his position vulnerable. The PM is facing mounting questions on his leadership from within his party.
Resignations continued on Friday as Elena Rozanski became the second adviser to leave the No. 10 Downing Street Policy Unit. Nikki da Costa, a former Downing Street aide, said that Elena Narozanski “is one of the most disciplined women I know. Another big loss to the policy unit.”
Several resignations took place between a few hours on Thursday
Before Elena Norozanski, the prime minister’s policy chief Munira Mirza, chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, principal private secretary Martin Reynolds and communications director Jack Doyle all stepped down within hours on Thursday. Let us tell you that in the investigation it was revealed that many parties were organized in Downing Street (Prime Minister’s Office) amidst strict Kovid-19 lockdown rules in the country.
Meanwhile, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Hands said on Friday that Prime Minister Johnson is taking over the reins of his Downing Street team by making changes in the aftermath of the scandal. Asked what was going on in Downing Street, Greg Hands told British broadcaster Sky that “resignations have been made, resignations accepted”.
Hugh Merriman, a senior Tory member of parliament who chairs the Commons Transport Committee, said he was “deeply disturbed” by the situation, and asked Johnson to reform Downing Street or leave for good.
Mirza’s resignation important
Jack Doyle confirmed his resignation soon after the departure of Pakistan-origin Munira Mirza. He was followed by Dan Rosenfield and Martin Reynolds. Doyle told employees that “recent weeks have taken a toll on my family life”, but he always intended to leave after two years. Mirza’s resignation makes more sense. She was one of Johnson’s longtime aides and is a prominent leader who helped shape the prime minister’s platform.
Johnson told a journalist for Britain’s Channel 5 News that he was “deeply sorry” to have “lost” Mirza, who worked with the prime minister for 14 years. Johnson said he did not agree with Mirza’s claim that his remarks on Starmer were inappropriate.
Pressure on Johnson to step down comes after several misunderstandings among members of his Conservative Party and allegations that he and his team organized rule-breaking parties during the pandemic.
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