After urging PM to resign, Michael Gove was fired

Boris Johnson fired Levelling-Up Secretary Michael Gove, his cabinet member, after he asked the PM to resign.

After urging PM to resign, Michael Gove was fired

Boris Johnson fired Levelling-Up Secretary Michael Gove, his cabinet member, after he asked the PM to resign.

According to a No 10 source, "You cannot have a snake that isn't with you on any big arguments and then tells the media the leader must go."

On Wednesday night, the PM called Mr Gove to inform him that he had been fired.

It was the end of a day in which Johnson had defied growing mutiny within his cabinet and called for his resignation.

Senior MPs from the Commons Liaison Committee were told by him that he would not "walk away" in the face of economic pressures and the conflict in Ukraine.

A No 10 source denied that Johnson would resign in Downing Street on Wednesday. He said the "PM fights on."

Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, was a former close ally and has spoken to the PM. She is also Chief Whip Chris Heaton Harris, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Welsh Secretary Simon Hart.

Later, Mr Hart resigned his position saying that he wanted help from Mr Johnson to "turn the ship around", but "we have reached the point where this can be achieved".

The relationship between Mr Gove and the prime minister has been fraught. They worked closely together on Vote Leave before Johnson's 2016 leadership campaign was stalled. Gove then ran against Johnson.

In a day marked by many, the Surrey Heath MP's resignation prompted another resignation.

Danny Kruger, a Parliamentary Secretary in the Department of Levelling Up said that he was sorry Mr Gove was fired and added: "As No 10 told me earlier today, it should have been the PM who leaves office."

Only Eddie Hughes, a salaried minister at the department that oversees Johnson's flagship policy, levelling up, has been left after Mr Gove's departure.

This policy is designed to transform the UK by shifting resources away from forgotten communities and giving power to local leaders.

After the dramatic resignations by Chancellor Rishi Javid and Health Secretary Sajid javid, Mr Johnson's premiership was plunged into crisis.

After a row about Mr Johnson's earlier in the year appointment of Chris Pincher as deputy chief whip, they quit within minutes.

After Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Javid resigned and stated that "treading the tightrope of loyalty and integrity" was becoming "impossible" in recent months.

He said, "At some point, we must conclude that enough is sufficient." That point, I believe, is now.

The resignations of their predecessors have led to a wave in resignations. One in five government-related MPs has resigned.

However, many key cabinet ministers rallied around the prime minister.

According to the BBC, Johnson was reportedly stressing to his ministers that "millions of people" voted for him. He also questioned whether any of his successors could "replicate his electoral success at next election".

The Tory party's executive committee of the backbench 1922 committee has delayed a decision about whether to amend the rules that govern a confidence vote.

However, the election to replace it has been moved forward and will take place next week.

Johnson won such a vote last month and, under current rules, he would be exempt from any further challenge for one year.

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