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Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott has resigned from role in Department for Transport

A Kent MP is among dozens to resign as Boris Johnson's premiership descends into chaos.

Sevenoaks representative Laura Trott has resigned as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Department for Transport.

Laura Trott MP
Laura Trott MP

Ms Trott was elected in Sevenoaks in 2019.

In a statement, she said: "I want to update you all, that I have resigned from my role as Parliamentary Private Secretary, to the Department for Transport.

"Trust in politics is - and must always be - of the upmost importance, but sadly in recent months this has been lost.

"Thank you to all of you who have written to me expressing your views. I have read them carefully, and taken them into consideration as part of my decision.

"I have, and will always, put the residents of Sevenoaks and Swanley front and centre of my work in Westminster."

She is one of 32 members of the government to quit since last night, when Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid resigned within five minutes of eachother.

Today, Mr Johnson's days look numbered as close ally and levelling up secretary Michael Gove reportedly told him he must go.

He now faces a visit from representatives of the 1922 Committee who are expected to tell him to quit or face a second vote of confidence within weeks of the first.

KentOnline has contacted all other Conservative MPs in the county for their thoughts on the latest from parliament.

A spokesman for Chatham and Aylesford MP Tracey Crouch said she is away on a select committee event in Belfast today and is not available for comment.

Analysis from Paul Francis


The resignation of the Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott from her role as a junior aide in the department for transport won't be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

However she has been a party loyalist since her election to one of the safest seats in the country and she she was not someone who was considered to be among the party's 'usual suspects'.

She will have taken soundings from constituency party members and supporters and it is not hard to imagine what message they have had for the Prime Minister.

The word trust is one we can expect to hear a lot of in the next 24 hours or so: will other Kent MPs now feel emboldened to put their heads above the parapet and say where they stand?

Last night, North Thanet MP Sir Roger Gale told 5Live lying about Mr Pincher was "a hanging offence".

He said: "These resignations are part of a domino effect and given that his chancellor has gone and his health secretary has also gone, it ought to send a very clear message to number 10 that he needs a loaded pistol and a bottle of Scotch.

"Mr Pincher was not exonerated. To characterise the allegations as unsubstantiated is wrong. In other words the Prime Minster was telling porky pies.

"He's sent out on Sunday morning one of his cabinet members Thérèse Coffey to appear on television to justify the unjustifiable. She is a decent hard working very good secretary of state for work and pensions."

Speaking to KentOnline this morning he said he fears there is a danger that Boris Johnson could ‘limp on’ as Prime Minister until the summer.

And he says the toxic atmosphere within the party is worse than when Margaret Thatcher was forced out of office.

She was the victim of a cabinet coup after ministers told her she risked the party losing the election if she stayed put.

Asked how bad the atmosphere within the party was, Sir Roger said: “It is toxic and the worst I have ever known. The end of Margaret Thatcher's premiership was not happy; John Major’s were not happy but they pale into insignificance compared with this.The reason for that is that this is about personality not policy. Usually party rows are about policy and direction; this is about honesty and integrity and the character of the man who is in Downing Street.That makes it very different.

“What ought to happen today is for the Prime Minister with Honour and dignity to resign. But I fear what will happen is, because the Prime Minister has an instinct for self survival…he will hang on.”

"If he did, then the 1922 committee should change the rules for a leadership challenge and permit a second vote of confidence in the Prime Minister."

Asked what he considered to be the main issue with the Prime Minister, he said it was “honesty and integrity.”

He added: “Quite simply, over the last few months he had been what some would say is economic with the truth but I would call lying. He has to go.

“For months I have been saying he is not a fit and proper person to lead the United Kingdom. This is about the future of the country not the Consrvative party. We have major issues - the cost of living, the price of fuel and war in Ukraine - that we should be addressing. Instead ministers are sidetracked and sent out day after day day to defend the indefensible and the Prime Minister. It can’t go on like this. We need good leadership and we haven't got it at the moment.”

Cllr Alan Jarrett, the Conservative leader of Medway Council said this morning that he can't see how the Prime Minister can survive.

He said: "Looking from the outside, the situation is extremely toxic up there. On the one hand he's done some things well. He got us through Brexit and Covid and is handing the Ukrainian situation well.

"But he's been an idiot. It's been blunder after blunder. People might not want to hear it, but in politics you've got to tell the truth.

"Will he last until the end of the week, wouldn't like to say."

Ms Trott's resignation is the latest blow to Boris Johnson's government after Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Rishi Sunak stepped down last night.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Rishi Sunak said they could no longer continue at around 6pm.

Mr Javid said: "It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role, but I regret that I can no longer continue in good conscience."

He added: "I served for you loyally and as your friend. We all serve the country first. When made to choose between those loyalties there can be only one answer."

Chancellor Rishi Sunak then resigned saying: "The public rightly expect government to be conducted properly, competently and seriously. I recognise this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am resigning."

But Liz Truss then said she was "100% behind" Mr Johnson, Nadine Dorries said she was staying and so did Jacob Rees-Mogg.

Mr Johnson at first said he knew nothing of previous claims against Mr Pincher.

The MP has now been suspended and resigned from his post after being accused of groping two men at the Carlton Club – a private members' club popular with Tory politicians – last week.

He's said to have been so drunk he couldn't remember his address and was bundled into a taxi at 1am, handing in his resignation the following day and saying he "drank too much".

In the wake of that incident it has transpired Mr Johnson was aware of past allegations of improper conduct levelled at Mr Pincher but appointed him anyway.

Downing Street at first denied he knew anything before saying he didn't know about any "specific incidents" but was aware of new reports and "unsubstantiated" claims.

But earlier a cabinet minister said the PM "forgot" he'd been told about an upheld complaint against Mr Pincher in 2019.

It's the latest scandal to rock the PM's tenure.

He seemed to have weathered the Partygate storm and previous issues around Owen Paterson and revamping his Downing Street flat.

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