He believes public support for the Conservative party and leadership has started to wane.
Sajid Javid has resigned as the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and declared he has lost confidence in the Prime Minister.
Mr Javid has only been in the role for a little over a year and has resigned on the NHS’s 74th birthday.
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a vote of “Vote of no Confidence” late last month. However, the party has since lost two by-elections, and it was revealed the PM knew about sexual harassment allegations made against the Deputy Chief Whip when appointing him.
Fellow cabinet minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has also resigned.
Acting in the national interest.
In a statement published only moments ago on social media, Mr Javid explains he believes public support for the party and leadership has started to wane.
Mr Javid explained, “The tone you set as a leader, and the values you represent, reflect on your colleagues, your party and ultimately the country.”
“We may not have always been popular, but we have been competent in acting in the national interest.
“Sadly, in the current circumstances, the public are concluding that we are now neither. The vote of confidence last month showed that a large number of our colleagues agree. It was a moment for humility, grip and new direction. I regret to say, however, that it is clear to me that this situation will not change under your leadership – and you have therefore lost my confidence too.”
He continued, “the country needs a strong and principled Conservative Party, and the Party is bigger than any one individual. I served you loyally and as a friend, but we all serve the country first. When made to choose between those loyalties there can only be one answer.”
Failed to meet nurses.
Nurses United UK quickly responded to the news, criticising the “banker MP” for failing to meet nurses from his own constituency during a campaign for fair pay last year.
Lead organiser Anthony Johnson said, “I’m sure none of us will be sad to see the back of the “banker MP who couldn’t be bothered to meet with nurses from his own constituency”.
“Sajid Javid pushed through further pay restraint and helped to push through the disastrous Health and Care Bill because his Conservative party doesn’t care about nurses.
“Now he’s gone, we’ll get another Conservative MP who is willing to attack our profession with another dodgy pay announcement. The only answer is to vote for industrial action. We have the power to create real change for our profession, it is time to act.”