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Rishi Sunak resigned as chancellor on Tuesday, alongside Sajid Javid as health secretary, in moves that came just as the prime minister was being forced into a humiliating apology to address the row over scandal-hit former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.
A YouGov survey following the resignations revealed that over two thirds of Britons (69%) want Johnson to resign in light of the scandal – a new high.
Perhaps more significantly, the majority of 2019 Tory voters (54%) also want the PM to go – the first time this has been a high number than those who want him to stay (33%), according to the pollster.
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The controversy stemming from Pincher’s resignation had engulfed Downing Street in recent days, as the PM faced questions about how much he knew of the allegations and rumours surrounding the Tory MP before he was appointed as deputy chief whip.
Pincher quit as deputy chief whip last week following claims that he groped two men at the upmarket Carlton Club, but Johnson knew about allegations against him as far back as 2019.
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Johnson acknowledged he should have sacked Pincher when he was found to have behaved inappropriately when he was a Foreign Office minister in 2019, but instead Johnson went on to appoint him to other government roles.
Asked if that was an error, Johnson said: “I think it was a mistake and I apologise for it.”
It remains to be seen if Johnson, who has established a reputation for escaping controversy, will survive the coming weeks.