Keir Starmer threatens no-confidence vote in Boris if he doesn't leave No 10 now

Sir Keir Starmer has threatened to use a Commons confidence motion to oust Boris Johnson immediately.

It comes as the prime minister appoints a new Cabinet in order to cling on as Tory leader in a caretaker role until a new one is appointed by October.

He is reluctantly quitting after a steady trickle of resignations in his government became a torrent, reaching more than 50.

In a scathing statement, the Labour leader argued the Conservatives ‘can’t now inflict him on the country for the next few months’ when ‘they have concluded that he’s unfit to be prime minister’.

‘It’s obvious he’s unfit to be Prime Minister. That’s been blindingly obvious for a very, very long time’, he said.

‘If they don’t get rid of him then Labour will step up, in the national interest, and bring a vote of no confidence because we can’t go on with this Prime Minister clinging on for months and months to come.’

Reacting to the bombshell news this morning, Mr Starmer blasted the ‘lies, scandal and fraud on an industrial scale’ seen during Mr Johnson’s time in office.

He said the resignation ‘should have happened long ago’ as Mr Johnson ‘was always unfit for office’ and those who held him up ‘should be utterly ashamed’.

But Mr Starmer warned ‘we don’t need to change the Tory at the top – we need a proper change of government’.

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‘The Tory Party have inflicted chaos upon the country during the worst cost of living crisis in decades and they cannot now pretend they are the ones to sort it out’, he wrote.

‘They have been in power for 12 years. The damage they have done is profound.

‘Twelve years of economic stagnations, 12 years of declining public services, 12 years of empty promises. Enough is enough.’

Mr Johnson is expected to read out a resignation speech in front of 10 Downing Street within the next few hours.

He will remain as PM until a successor is in place, expected to be by the time of the Conservative Party conference in October.

The road to his departure was sparked by two members of his top team – Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak – turning on him on Tuesday evening.

The key events that led to Boris Johnson’s resignation

The news that Boris Johnson is set to resign as prime minister follows a tumultuous few days in British politics.

After surviving a vote of no confidence in June, the government’s handling of the Chris Pincher scandal marked the end of Mr Johnson’s time in office.

Here’s a run down of the key events which have led us here.

Monday, July 4

Downing Street confirmed Mr Johnson was aware of concerns about the conduct of Mr Pincher when he made him deputy chief whip. His spokesperson later conceded he had known of ‘speculation’ surrounding the MP, but ‘no formal complaint at that time’.

Tuesday, July 5

  • Lord Simon McDonald, former permanent secretary in the Foreign Office, publishes a bombshell letter claiming Mr Johnson was briefed ‘in person’ about a formal complaint regarding Mr Pincher.
  • 12.30pm: Labour is granted an urgent question in Parliament to address the Pincher scandal and what the prime minister knew.
  • Tory MPs line up in the House of Commons to publicly condemn Mr Johnson’s handling of the affair.
  • 1pm: Downing Street said Mr Johnson had forgotten he had been told Mr Pincher was the subject of an official complaint.
  • Tory backbenchers start publicly calling for Mr Johnson’s resignation.
  • Shortly before 6pm: Mr Johnson is forced to issue an apology over his handling of the Pincher scandal.
  • At 6.02pm Sajid Javid resigns as health secretary, saying the British people ‘rightly expect integrity from their government’.
  • 6.11pm: Chancellor Rishi Sunak resigns.
  • What will become a steady stream of resginations begins.
  • 9.40pm: Nadhim Zahawi is appointed chancellor, Michelle Donelan becomes education secretary and Steve Barclay is made health secretary.

Wednesday, July 6

  • 8.25am: Will Quince becomes the first minister of the day to resign while backbenchers including Lee Anderson and Robert Halfon publicly withdraw their support for Mr Johnson.
  • 12pm: Mr Johnson defies calls to resign during PMQs citing his ‘colossal mandate’ in 2019. He vows to keep going.
  • 2.25pm: Ministers Kemi Badenoch, Julia Lopez, Mims Davies, Lee Rowley, Neil O’Brien and Alex Burghart announced their resignations via a group letter and call on the prime minister to go.
  • 2.40pm: The Daily Mail reports that cabinet minister Michael Gove has told the prime minister he must step down.
  • 3pm: Amid unfolding chaos, the prime minister appears before the Liaison Committee to answer questions about his handling of the Pincher affair.
  • A delegation of ministers, including some of Mr Johnson’s longest-standing allies meet with him to urge him to resign.
  • 8.15pm: Mr Johnson rejects calls for his resignation after meeting with ministers.
  • 9pm: Mr Johnson sacks Michael Gove as Levelling Up, Communities and Housing Secretary.
  • 10.30pm Simon Hart resigns as Welsh Secretary.
  • 11pm: Attorney General Suella Braverman says it’s time for the prime minister ‘to go’.

Thursday, July 7

  • The Tory party exodus continues and by 9am 27 resignations have been filed, five at cabinet level, and 22 below cabinet level.
  • Among them are Brandon Lewis the Northern Ireland secretary and Michelle Donelan, the newly appointed education secretary.
  • Nadhim Zahawi publishes a blistering open letter calling on the prime minister to resign.
  • Shortly after 9am the news breaks that Mr Johnson has agreed to resign as British prime minister.

Within 24 hours, formerly loyal ministers like Priti Patel and Grant Shapps were reportedly urging him to call it a day.

Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi – who was just a day into his new role – told him to leave ‘with dignity’ in a blistering letter.

Meanwhile, it’s thought Michelle Donelan became the shortest-serving education secretary in history after quitting this morning.

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