Prime Minister’s staff resigns as crisis continues

2022-07-12 0 By

Beijing, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) –Four senior members of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s staff tendered their resignations on Wednesday.Three of them are directly linked to downing Street’s frequent flouting of quarantine rules over the past two years, while the third resigned in a row over Mr Johnson’s recent comments.They are Dan Rosenfeld, chief of staff, Martin Reynolds, principal private secretary to the prime minister, Jack Doyle, Director of communications at Downing Street, and Munira Mirza, director of policy.Ms Rosenfeld and Mr Reynolds tendered their resignations but are staying on until a replacement is chosen, Downing Street announced on Wednesday.The resignations of Doyle and Mirza were reported by the media earlier in the day.Doyle was previously found to have attended at least one illegal party where he gave a speech and presented an award.Mirza resigned over comments made by Johnson.Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves For Parliament at 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, November 24, 2021.The dismissal of Rosenfeld and Reynolds came as no surprise to Johnson, who is under pressure to step down following the downing Street party scandal, as he tries to shake off the crisis.Reynolds is a key figure in “Partygate.”According to British media, Reynolds will return to the British Foreign Office.British media revealed last month that Reynolds organised a Downing Street garden party for Johnson and about 40 government officials on May 20, 2020, at a time when strict quarantine rules prevented the gathering.Mr Johnson refused to say whether he had attended the event after it was exposed in the media. Under pressure, he admitted and apologised, but continued to argue that he had thought it was an “official event”.British media further disclosed late last month that downing Street will host drinks almost every Friday from autumn 2020 to spring 2021, when the UK is under strict quarantine.A sign is seen at a COVID-19 vaccination center in London, Britain, Jan. 28, 2019.(Xinhua/Ray Tang) A preliminary report released by the British Cabinet Office on Thursday found that the leadership of the Downing Street office was responsible for the illegal gathering.Johnson then promised to fix it.In addition to pressure from the opposition Labor Party, some lawmakers from the governing Conservative Party called on Johnson to step down as party leader and prime minister.In response to the resignations, several Tory MPS said it looked like the start of a “frantic reshuffle” of The Johnson government.British media comments, cleaning staff can save Johnson remains to be seen.(End) (Wu Baoshu)