Former health secretary Sajid Javid has urged Tory ministers to follow his lead and quit – saying the party risks losing the faith of young voters under Boris Johnson.
In a speech to the House of Commons, which some took as the start of a leadership campaign, Javid said: “I am deeply concerned about how the next generation will see the Conservative party on our current course.”
Just 21 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds voted for the Conservatives in the 2019 general election.
The Conservative mission, said Javid, is “all at risk” if the party cannot regain public trust.
Citing recent Westminster sexual abuse scandals, he said: “I am also concerned about how the next generation will see this house and the health of our democracy.”
He also urged remaining cabinet ministers to abandon Johnson, saying: “Not doing something is an active decision”.