Rishi Sunak reveals Boris Johnson has been ignoring his calls

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Rishi Sunak Reveals Boris Johnson Has Been Ignoring His Calls Rishi Sunak Reveals Boris Johnson Has Been Ignoring His Calls
Rishi Sunak spoke about his relationship with Boris Johnson on Thursday night. Photo: PA
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By Laura Parnaby, PA

Former British finance minister Rishi Sunak has revealed Boris Johnson has been ignoring his calls since he resigned from Cabinet.

Mr Sunak sparked the British prime minister’s downfall by being one of the first ministers to abandon their post in early July, alongside former health secretary Sajid Javid.

Both wrote incendiary resignation letters which said they no longer had faith in Mr Johnson after his handling of the scandal surrounding former deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.

Dozens more MPs and ministers followed suit until Mr Johnson was forced to resign.

 

Now a hopeful successor to Mr Johnson, Mr Sunak took part in a leadership hustings hosted by The Daily Telegraph on Thursday evening alongside his rival, British foreign secretary Liz Truss.

When asked by the paper’s associate editor Camilla Tominey whether he had spoken with Mr Johnson since he resigned from his Cabinet, Mr Sunak said: “I’ve messaged and called, but unsurprisingly he hasn’t returned my calls.”

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On June 30th, Chris Pincher dramatically resigned as deputy chief whip after allegedly assaulting two fellow guests the evening before at the Carlton Club, a Tory private members’ establishment in London.

Downing Street said Mr Johnson was not aware of any “specific allegations” about Mr Pincher when he appointed him to the whips office, but it emerged over the following days that he was told about them as far back as 2019.

Mr Johnson was forced into a humiliating apology, saying he had forgotten about the allegations.

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