Four members of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government have tendered their resignations on Thursday, a government spokesman confirmed. Two of those who have announced they will be leaving their posts are Chief of Staff Dan Rosenfield and Johnson’s private secretary, Civil Servant Martin Reynolds. Both tendered their resignations and “the prime minister has accepted them,” the source said, adding that they will remain in their posts until replacements are found.
According to information released in recent weeks, Rosenfield and Reynolds were involved in the parties organized in Downing Street against the restrictions due to the pandemic, twelve of which are now being investigated by the Police. Reynolds reportedly invited a hundred people to a party on May 20, 2020, urging them to bring alcohol to “take advantage of the good weather.” Johnson has admitted that he did attend the event, though he says he thought it was “work.”
The march of these collaborators of the conservative leader is added to two other resignations also announced today. Jack Doyle, the Government’s Director of Communications, has also left his post after adviser Munira Mirza did. The news of Doyle’s departure was advanced by the newspaper “The Daily Mail”, where he previously worked, which pointed out that his resignation is not related to Mirza’s previous one, much more painful and politically significant for the prime minister. According to the newspaper, the resigned also implicated in the party scandal, explained to his colleagues that he always intended to work “only two years” in the Government, where he entered in 2020 and acknowledged that the last weeks of criticism “have taken their toll” on their family life.
Mirza, who accompanied the “tory” leader since his time as mayor of London, resigned due to unfounded accusations that he made to the head of the opposition, Keir Starmer, about his alleged inaction, when he was director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, in a notorious case of sexual abuse starring the late presenter Jimmy Savile. The policy chief judged that Johnson’s criticism of Starmer during a session in Parliament last Monday, which the prime minister tried to “clarify” today but without apologizing, were “insulting”. In her resignation letter, the counselor tells him that she believes he was “wrong to suggest that Keir Starmer was personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice” and regrets that he did not recant and apologize as she had. advised. The adviser was considered one of the people closest to Johnson, who continues to be hounded to resign by the opposition and within his party.