It has been reported that a fifth Downing Street aide “has quit” within 24 hours as the Prime Minister hemorrhages his staff due to the partygate scandal.
Number 10 Policy Unit member Elena Narozanski has quit which comes after his chief of staff, principal private secretary, director of communications and policy chief all walked out within hours of one another yesterday.
The editor, Paul Goodman, tweeted, “Number Ten Policy Unit member Elena Narozanski has quit.”
Johnson’s director of communications, Jack Doyle, his chief of staff, Dan Rosenfield, and his principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, all walked out on Thursday night.
According to the Daily Mail, Doyle told staff at the end of the day yesterday, “Recent weeks have taken a terrible toll on my family life.
“Thank you all for your hard work and dedication.
“I wish you all the best for the future.”
A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed the other two exits, “Dan Rosenfield offered his resignation to the Prime Minister earlier today, which has been accepted.
“Martin Reynolds also informed the Prime Minister of his intention to stand down from his role as Principal Private Secretary and the Prime Minister has agreed to this.
“He has thanked them both for their significant contribution to Government and No10, including work on the pandemic response and economic recovery.”
Johnson now has the huge task of filling several big roles in Downing Street.
Cabinet sources told The Times there is now a 50/50 chance of the Prime Minister being ousted.
They added, “It feels like the end, it’s all falling apart at the moment.
“It’s 50/50 in my view at the moment.”
Simon Clarke, the chief secretary to the Treasury, suggested there was more chaos in Downing Street than at the fall of the Roman Empire.
“I think the last days of Rome were more fun,” he told Channel 4 News.
Munira Mirza, the former director of the Downing Street policy unit and one of Johnson’s most loyal and longstanding advisers attacked her boss over the use of a “scurrilous” Jimmy Savile slur against the Labour leader.
Mirza wrote, “I believe it was wrong for you to imply this week that Keir Starmer was personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice.
“There was no fair or reasonable basis for that assertion. This was not the usual cut and thrust of politics; it was an inappropriate and partisan reference to a horrendous case of child sex abuse.
“You tried to clarify your position today but, despite my urging, you did not apologise for the misleading impression you gave.”
Conservative MP Huw Merriman suggest on Friday morning that he was ready to move against Johnson if he failed to improve in his leadership.
He said, “I’m deeply troubled by what’s going on.
“We all know that if the Prime Minister doesn’t ship up, then they have to shape out, and that’s exactly what happened when this Prime Minister took over.
“We know how it works.
“I’m sure the Prime Minister will be focused now on getting on with the job in hand, focusing on policy and regaining the public’s trust.”