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Javid tells MPs ‘enough is enough’ as ‘treading the tightrope between loyalty and integrity has become impossible in recent months’

by LLB political Reporter
6th Jul 22 1:19 pm

Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) was vicious and brutal for Boris Johnson on Wednesday and the former Health Secretary Sajid Javid gave a stinging criticism of his former boss.

With what was seen as a major moment in the House of Commons Javid gave a personal statement to MPs following his bombshell resignation on Tuesday afternoon along with Rishis Sunak.

On Tuesday afternoon Javid was the second high-profile resignation as he said “treading the tightrope between loyalty and integrity has become impossible in recent months.”

Javid told MPs in his personal statement, “Despite what it might seem, I am not one of life’s quitters.

“I did not quit when I was told that boys like me don’t do maths, I didn’t quit when old school bankers said I didn’t have the right school ties.

“I didn’t quit when people in my community said that I should not marry the love of my life. I cared deeply about public service, and giving back to this country that has given me so much.”

He said continued and explained why, “when I got the call from… the prime minister just over a year ago, I didn’t hesitate to serve again.

“It was a critical time for our country, tough decisions needed to be made about when we were going to come out of lockdown, about supporting the National Health Service and the care sector under unprecedented strain.”

Javid said his time as the Health Secretary was an “absolute privilege of my life” and added, “I can only hope that my best has been good enough.”

In a damning moment Javid said, “treading the tightrope between loyalty and integrity has become impossible in recent months.

“I will never risk losing my integrity.”

He believes a team is “as good as its team captain, and that a captain is as good as his or her team.

“Loyalty must go both ways.

“The events of recent months have made it increasingly difficult to be in that team.

“It’s not fair on ministerial colleagues to go about every morning defending lines that don’t stand up and don’t hold up.

“It’s not fair on my parliamentary colleagues who bare the brunt of constituents’ dismay in their inbox and on their doorsteps in recent elections.

“And it’s not fair on Conservative members and voters who rightly expect better standards from the party they supported.”

Javid then told MPs that he was assured “at the most senior level” that “there had been no parties in Downing Street and that no rules were broken” at the start of the scandal.

“So I gave the benefit of doubt and I went on those media rounds to say I had those assurances from the most senior level of the prime minister’s team,” he said.

“Then we had more stories, then we had the Sue Gray report. I continued to give the benefit of the doubt.

“This week again we have reason to question the truth and integrity of what we have all been told, and at some point we have to conclude that enough is enough.

“I believe that point is now,” this was met with much surprise by MPs.

He warned the Prime Minister that the reset button can only work “so many times,” he added, “There’s only so many times you can turn that machine off an on before you realise that something is fundamentally wrong.”

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