Oxfordshire MP resigns from Government role
An Oxfordshire MP has quit his role in the Government - as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces the latest threat to his leadership. A total of 21 people have resigned from the Government in the past 24 hours, including Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid. David Johnston quit as a ministerial aide in the Department for Education. He said: "I cannot defend what has taken place these past few days - or indeed these past few months."
The Wantage MP said: "It is very important to me that we do all we can to encourage good people into politics so that the country is well served, but events in recent months have made the view of politics and politicians worse and will only put more people off entering it, which I deeply regret. I know from my inbox that there are different views about the Prime Minister, but I do not believe he can provide the leadership the country needs." Read More: Calls for general election as resignations plunge government into chaos
The Prime Minister's press secretary said Boris Johnson is confident he still has the support of his backbench MPs. She also said Mr Johnson would contest another confidence vote if one were held, but described last month's ballot as "clear and decisive". Asked if the PM is confident he has the support of his backbenchers, she said simply: "Yes."
Full list of government resignations over Boris Johnson's leadership
Here is a list of the 21 MPs who have resigned from the Government in the past 24 hours.
It is the equivalent of around one in eight of the total "payroll vote" in the House of Commons, which describes the number of MPs who hold positions from which they would have to resign in order to oppose the Government.
1. Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
2. Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer
3. Andrew Murrison, trade envoy to Morocco
4. Bim Afolami, Conservative Party vice-chairman
5. Saqib Bhatti, parliamentary private secretary at the Department of Health and Social Care
6. Jonathan Gullis, parliamentary private secretary at the Northern Ireland Office
7. Nicola Richards, parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Transport
8. Virginia Crosbie, parliamentary private secretary at the Welsh Office
9. Theo Clarke, trade envoy to Kenya
10. Alex Chalk, Solicitor General
11. Laura Trott, parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Transport
12. Will Quince, parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and families at the Department for Education
13. Robin Walker, minister of state for school standards at the Department for Education
14. Felicity Buchan, parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
15. John Glen, minister of state at the Treasury
16. Victoria Atkins, minister of state for prisons and probation at the Ministry of Justice
17. Jo Churchill, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
18. Stuart Andrew, minister of state for housing at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
19. Selaine Saxby, parliamentary private secretary at the Treasury
20. Claire Coutinho, parliamentary private secretary at the Treasury
David Johnston, parliamentary private secretary at the Department for Education