Lord Wolfson: Conservative peer quits as justice minister over 'scale' of COVID breaches in Downing Street as second MP calls on Johnson to resign - Sky News

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Lord Wolfson said in a letter to the prime minister he was quitting not only over the events themselves, or the prime minister's "own conduct," but also "the official response to what took place".
It comes after Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak paid fines for attending a birthday party held for the prime minister in the Cabinet room in No 10 in June 2020.
Reacting to the news, Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Defence Select Committee, told Sky News: "This is why I want the prime minister to step forward with his plan to recognise the scale of the challenge we face, the fact that the trust has been eroded, otherwise we will get this drip-feed effect of people who no longer want to stay on the sidelines.
"Let's have the opportunity in the near future where everybody gets to make their mark and decide one way or another whether we support the prime minister towards the next general election or it is time for change.
"It must be incredibly challenging for anybody to stand behind the fines and illegality that the prime minister has undertaken, but for somebody who will have to profess the rule of law in a court of law I just think it seems completely impossible.

Lord Wolfson: Conservative peer quits as justice minister over 'scale' of COVID breaches in Downing Street as second MP calls on Johnson to resign - Sky News

Conservative peer David Wolfson has quit as justice minister over the "scale, context and nature" of breaches of COVID regulations in Downing Street. Shortly afterwards, Craig Whittaker, Tory MP for Calder Valley, told Sky News he believes Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak should resign over partygate rulebreaking, but said he would not be writing a no-confidence letter to the chair of the 1922 Committee. Lord Wolfson said in a letter to the prime minister he was quitting not only over the events themselves, or the prime minister's "own conduct," but also "the official response to what took place". He said: "I regret that recent disclosures lead to the inevitable conclusion that there was repeated rule-breaking, and breaches of the criminal law, in Downing Street. "I have - again, with considerable regret - come to the conclusion that the scale, context and nature of those breaches mean that it would be inconsistent with the rule of law for that conduct to pass with constitutional impunity". Twitter Due to your consent preferences, you’re not able to view this. Open Privacy Options Mr Johnson replied by thanking Lord Wolfson for his service. Lord Wolfson has been a justice minister since December 2020. He was responsible for human rights and the constitution. It comes after Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak paid fines for attending a birthday party held for the prime minister in the Cabinet room in No 10 in June 2020. Neither Mr Johnson nor Mr Sunak indicated they would resign over their fines. Reacting to the news, Tobias Ellwood, chair of the Defence Select Committee, told Sky News: "This is why I want the prime minister to step forward with his plan to recognise the scale of the challenge we face, the fact that the trust has been eroded, otherwise we will get this drip-feed effect of people who no longer want to stay on the sidelines. "Let's have the opportunity in the near future where everybody gets to make their mark and decide one way or another whether we support the prime minister towards the next general election or it is time for change." Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player 0:34 Tobias Ellwood says 'trust has been eroded' Labour MP Jess Phillips said: "It seems very clear that he cannot square, as a lawyer himself and somebody working in the justice team, a breach of justice in our country and a breaking of the rule of law with continuing to serve under Boris Johnson and I'm not surprised. "It must be incredibly challenging for anybody to stand behind the fines and illegality that the prime minister has undertaken, but for somebody who will have to profess the rule of law in a court of law I just think it seems completely impossible." Tory MP becomes first backbencher to call on Johnson to quit Earlier on Wednesday, Tory MP Nigel Mills became the first backbencher to call for Mr Johnson to quit after he was fined. Read more: Partygate: what happens now? Johnson may have weathered the storm for now, but the worst could be yet to come Mr Mills, who previously said the prime minister should go over the scandal, underlined his view that Mr Johnson's position was untenable. Several other Tories who previously said they had lost confidence in the prime minister over revelations about parties in Downing Street have since rallied around their leader, saying he should stay - at least for now - while the war in Ukraine rages on.
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