These Are The Cabinet Ministers Staying Loyal To Boris Johnson

Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg are still backing the under-fire prime minister.
Loytalists Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg made public statements.
Loytalists Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg made public statements.
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Rishi Sunak has quit as chancellor and Sajid Javid has resigned as health secretary – but other Cabinet ministers are staying loyal to Boris Johnson.

The prime minister lost two of his most senior ministers in a matter of minutes as the row over Christopher Pincher appeared to be the final straw.

But despite a humiliating apology over his handling of the affair involving his deputy chief whip, his authority already being damaged by a confidence vote which saw 41% of his MPs vote against him, and the loss of crunch by-elections in June, most of the PM’s Cabinet were still backing Johnson – either publicly or through “allies”.

Nadhim Zahawi was promoted to be the new chancellor, with universities minister Michelle Donelan taking his place as education secretary.

Javid was replaced as health secretary by Steve Barclay, the prime minister’s chief of staff.

Here’s what else we know.

Nadine Dorries

Culture secretary Nadine Dorries backed the prime minister, tweeting: “I’m not sure anyone actually doubted this, however, I am 100 behind Boris Johnson the PM who consistently gets all the big decisions right.”

Dominic Raab

Justice secretary is “loyal”, according to a source.

Liz Truss

Foreign secretary was “100% behind the PM”, according to an ally.

Michael Gove

Levelling up, housing, and communities secretary is staying, according to reports.

Priti Patel

An ally of the home secretary said “she’s staying”.

Ben Wallace

Defence secretary is “not resigning”, according to a source.

Therese Coffey

Work and pensions secretary is staying, according to reports.

Jacob Rees-Mogg

The Brexit opportunities minister told Sky News: “The prime minister won a large mandate in a general election, a vote of the British people and that should not be taken away from him because a number of people resign.”

Alister Jack

The Scottish secretary said: “I fully support the prime minister. I am sorry to see good colleagues resign, but we have a big job of work to do, and that’s what we’re getting on with.”

Also staying: Anne-Marie Trevelyan (international trade secretary), George Eustice (environment, food, and rural affairs secretary), Brandon Lewis, (Northern Ireland secretary), Grant Shapps (transport secretary), Suella Braverman (attorney general) and Kwasi Kwarteng (business, energy and industrial strategy secretary).


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