After being informed about a misconduct complaint against Boris Johnson, Boris Johnson has apologized for appointing Chris Pincher as a government official.
The PM acknowledged that he was told about the complaint in 2019, but that he made a "bad error" by failing to act on it.
Minutes after the PM spoke, Rishi Sunak, Chancellor, and Sajid Javid Health Secretary resigned.
Last week, Mr Pincher was expelled as Tory MP because of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Tamworth MP, who claimed he was seeking professional medical help, has denied any previous misconduct allegations. BBC reached out to him for comment on the 2019 complaint, but he has yet to reply.
Opposition parties and Tory MPs have criticised the prime minister's handling and knowledge about allegations against Mr Pincher and his handling of the Pincher row.
Sunak stated that the public "rightly expects government to be properly, competently, and seriously" in his resignation letter.
Mr Sunak stated that although this is my last job as a minister, he believes these standards are worth fighting for.
Javid wrote that he could not "continue in good conscience" under Prime Minister, who had lost all of his confidence.
Chris Mason, BBC political editor, said that Mr Johnson was fed up with people saying negative things about him and wanted to correct the record.
He stated that he was aware of Pincher's specific allegation in 2019, which was later resolved.
In hindsight, Johnson saw that naming Mr Pincher as deputy chief whip in February of this year was "a bad decision".
Johnson stated that "there is no place in this government for anyone who abuses power."
He said, "I regret deeply the decision not... intervene."
He did not deny that he joked about referring to the MP by the name Pincher by Nature.
No 10 claimed that the PM was informed about the 2019 complaint Tuesday morning by the Foreign Office after its account was disputed.
Lord McDonald, in a strongly worded email, stated that the prime minister was "briefed in person" regarding an inquiry into Mr Pincher's complaint in 2019.
The prime minister was then informed by Michael Ellis, the government minister, that he "didn't immediately recall the conversation in 2019 about this incident."
Ellis stated, "As soon he was reminded of this, the No10 press office corrected their public line."