UK Cabinet resignations: Hugh Grant and Nish Kumar among celebrities reacting to Sunak and Javed departure

Celebrities celebrated on social media following the resignation of Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid, which occurred within minutes of each other on the night of Tuesday, July 5.

Sunak resigned as chancellor and Javid resigned as health secretary while Boris Johnson’s leadership faces a new crisis.

The resignations came after Johnson was forced to offer an embarrassing apology for his handling of the Chris Pincher dispute, after it emerged he had forgotten he had been made aware of previous allegations of “inappropriate” behaviour.

Pincher resigned as deputy chief of staff last week after allegations that he groped two men at a private club, but Johnson has been informed of the allegations against him since 2019.

In response to news of the resignations on Twitter, Hugh Grant retweeted a post by Count Benfice, a satirical political figure created by comedian Jonathan Harvey, who ran in the 2019 general election against Johnson. The post was a photo of Johnson and Benfice, with the caption: “The UK chose poorly.”

Comedian Nish Kumar tweeted: “Dealing with the fact that I can’t stand Javed or Sunak with the fact that I love seeing a rich white man get killed by Asians.”

“Wonderful! Foreign Minister Rishi Sunak has also resigned. Dominoes in the Cabinet are falling… It’s over for Boris,” wrote Piers Morgan.

Photo posted by Harvey


Actor Sanjeev Bhaskar wrote, “Sajid Javid and Rishi Sunak have quit! Everything has gone overboard! What was in Paranthashem? [comida típica india] This morning? Sounds like a big dog operation or a dead dog or something that didn’t go according to plan. Unless this is the plan?

“The Queen has resigned,” comedian David Baddel joked. “God has given up.”

author This will hurtAdam Kay tweeted: “It’s crumbling like a **** house.”

Actor Mark Gates added: “These hateful idiots suddenly decided they had principles after relentlessly defending a man they knew all along was unfit for office.”

There are other tweets from celebrities such as Kathy Burke, Rylan and Omari Douglas:

The prime minister’s power had already been damaged by the no-confidence motion, with 41 per cent of his deputies voting against it.

Johnson is now immune to challenging the Conservative Party leadership until June next year under the party’s rules, but recent resignations have pressured him to leave Downing Street himself.

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