Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is calling for a general election as Boris Johnson’s support is crumbling after two of his most senior Cabinet ministers resigned on Tuesday following the Chris Pincher scandal. Lord McDonald’s letter, which revealed the Prime Minister knew about Chris Pincher’s misconduct before appointing him deputy chief whip, was the last straw for Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid who both cited the integrity of the Government to step down.
Now that Boris Johnson appears to be on the edge of his premiership, he still has “one of the dice left”, former minister Norman Baker said.
Norman Baker told GB News: “He’s got one roll of the dice left in my view, which is a general election if he wants to down that road. Indeed, he may take the view cynically that it’s a good idea to do that before the privileges committee report on whether or not he’s misled parliament, which is an investigation which has now begun.
“Of course, Keir Starmer has asked for a general election. He couldn’t not ask for a general election as leader of the opposition.
“But whether he actually wants it or not, I don’t know.”
GB News’ Eamonn Holmes asked: “So be careful what he asks for?
Mr Baker said: “Well, he may take the view that Boris Johnson is best to criticise for Labour and LibDem at the moment.”
Boris Johnson suffered a major setback on Tuesday when two of his top Cabinet ministers resigned. Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and former Health Secretary Sajid Javid both stepped down following the revelation by Lord McDonald that Boris Johnson knew about Chris Pincher’s misbehaviour when he appointed him deputy chief whip.
Chris Pincher was forced to resign after complaints of drunkenly groping two men at the Carlton Club on June 29.
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