Julia Lopez has resigned from the UK government as minister for media, data and digital infrastructure and told Prime Minister Boris Johnson he should “step down”.
She resigned via a letter co-signed with four of her Conservative Party colleagues: Kemi Badenoch, Neil O’Brien, Alex Burghart and Lee Rowley.
The letter acknowledged that Johnson had had “the toughest job in a generation”, but called on him to step down as leader of the party and the country.
“It has become increasingly clear that government cannot function given the issues that have come to light and the way they have been addressed. In good faith, we must ask you, for the good of the Party and the country, to step down.
Nadine Dorries, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, remained in office on July 6, after pledging support for Johnson.
Channel 4 process
Lopez has been a key political figure in the Channel 4 privatization plan.
Lopez said privatization would “free Channel 4 from the shackles of public ownership.”
Lopez and his colleagues’ resignations mean that 27 political figures have resigned as a result of Johson’s leadership since Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Rishi Sunak stepped down yesterday afternoon.
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