UK In Governmental Instability

Education Secretary Michelle Donelan resigns after just 36 hours in the post. The BBC reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to resign.

Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician who has served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019 and served as Leader of the Conservative Party from 2019. On 5 July, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid resigned from their positions. This happened following the Chris Pincher scandal. A large number of other members of the government then also resigned, leading to intense speculation over whether Boris Johnson would continue as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Between 5 and 7 July 2022, more than a third of Britain’s 179 government ministers and parliamentary private secretaries resigned from their positions in prime minister Boris Johnson’s second administration. By 7 July, 60 MPs had resigned from government and party positions, and one other, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Michael Gove, was dismissed by Johnson. After two days of refusal to quit, Johnson officially announced his resignation as Conservative Party leader, staying on as Prime Minister until a new leader is elected in October.
Michelle Emma May Elizabeth Donelan (born 8 April 1984) is a British politician who served as Minister of State for Higher and Further Education from 2020 to 2022 and briefly served as Secretary of State for Education from 5 July to 7 July 2022. The new Education Secretary Michelle Donelan has quit after just 36 hours in her role. And she resigned moments after the new Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi wrote to Boris Johnson, telling him “go now”. In her resignation letter, she said she had “pleaded” with the prime minister on Wednesday to “do the right thing and resign for the sake of our country and our party”.

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