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Construction minister quits, calls on PM to resign

Building minister Lee Rowley has resigned and known as for Boris Johnson to “step apart” as prime minister.

Rowley, who took up the role just nine months ago, cited the federal government’s dealing with of sexual misconduct allegations towards former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher as the rationale for his departure.

A spokesperson for Johnson claims he “forgot” in regards to the allegations.

The development minister, who’s MP for North East Derbyshire, signed a joint resignation letter with 4 different MPs, together with minister for levelling up Neil O’Brien.

Within the assertion, the ministers recognised that whereas Johnson had received sure selections proper, the federal government couldn’t “operate” given the allegations and the way that they had been dealt with.

Their letter follows a string of resignations during the last two days, together with that of housing minister Stuart Andrew. The minister began the position simply 148 days in the past, however mentioned he was left with “no different alternative” than to resign, having thought-about his personal private integrity.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, and well being and social care secretary Sajid Javid had been the primary in various high-profile names to give up as strain mounts on Johnson.

Laura Trott has resigned as parliamentary non-public secretary on the Division for Transport (DfT), whereas Victoria Atkins stepped down as prisons minister. Greater than 30 Conservative ministers have give up thus far.

The workplace of building minister has a historical past of rapid reshuffles. Rowley’s predecessor, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, held the submit for eight months, whereas Kwasi Kwarteng served for only one month. Rowley was the 20 th minister to carry the workplace within the final 21 years.

Each 10 Downing Road and the Division for Enterprise, Power & Industrial Technique had been requested for remark.