Boris Johnson QUITS ‘best job in the world’ saying ‘no one is indispensable’ after being forced out in Tory bloodbath


BORIS Johnson has today told the nation he is resigning as Prime Minister and clearing the stage for a new Tory leader by the autumn.

In an address outside No10, the defeated PM said he was so “sad” to be forced out of the job he loves but conceded: “Them’s the breaks.”

He said it had been an “immense privilege” to serve in the “best job in the world” but admitted that “no one is remotely indispensable”.

Two years and 348 days since he first entered No10 in 2019, Boris Johnson today called The Queen to tell her he planned to stand down.

In a packed Downing Street, thronged with supporters including Carrie and baby Romy, he thanked the millions who voted for him in a historic landslide.

Yet after a brutal Cabinet coup he said: “In Westminster the herd instinct is powerful and when the herd moves, it moves.

“And my friends in politics, no one is remotely indispensable.”

He said he was “immensely proud of the achievements of this government” such as Brexit and the vaccine rollout.

And the PM confessed: “I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world. But them’s the breaks.”

He fired the starting gun on a Conservative leadership race that will be launched next week and bitterly fought throughout the summer after a timetable is set out next week.

But some Tory MPs are demanding Boris Johnson bows out now and makes Dominic Raab a caretaker PM while a new leader is elected.

Mr Johnson’s government has utterly imploded with 55 resignations and junior ministers refusing to fill the vacant jobs.

Sir Keir Starmer has promised to table a vote of no confidence if Mr Johnson does not leave immediately.

On a dramatic day in Westminster

  • Mr Johnson made new Cabinet appointments to fill the slew of vacancies
  • More than 55 Tory MPs have now quit as government ministers or aides
  • The PM phoned the Queen to tell her he planned to quit
  • Suella Braverman became the first Tory to announce a leadership run
  • Brexiteer Steve Baker also said he might put his name forward
  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace topped a Tory members poll as the preferred choice
  • Leadership contender Liz Truss flew back from the G7 in Bali

In his resignation speech Mr Johnson said he had tried to cling on for so long because he considered it “eccentric” to change leader at a time of instability.

“I regret not to have been successful in those arguments and of course it’s painful not to be able to see through so many ideas and projects myself,” he said.

As he prepared to dig in for three months, Boris Johnson announced Greg Clark would replace sacked Michael Gove as Levelling Up Minister.

James Cleverley was made Education Secretary after Michelle Donelan resigned this morning after just 36 hours in the job.

New Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi published a letter telling the PM it’s time to go.

It came after seven ministers quit before breakfast, meaning the overall number of resignations topped 55.

Mr Johnson played down his woes, insisting” we’re actually only a handful of points behind in the polls.

“Even in mid-term after quite a few months of pretty relentless sledging and when the economic scene is so difficult domestically and internationally.E

A race to replace Mr Johnson as Tory leader and British PM will now begin. Mr Johnson said the timetable will be set out next week.

Big Conservative hitters like Rishi Sunak, Nadhim Zahawi, Liz Truss, Sajid Javid and Jeremy Hunt are all expected to have a tilt.

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