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Boris Johnson resigns as Conservative Leader; Greg Clark replaces Michael Gove 08/07/2022 Labelled as Legislation, Regulation

Boris Johnson resigned as Leader of the Conservative Party on 7 July after nearly half of his Ministers quit the Government and others told him they believed he should go.  Housing Minister Stuart Andrew and Levelling Up Minister Neil O'Brien were among those to resign on 6 July; Michael Gove was sacked as Secretary of State for DLUHC the same evening after reportedly telling Johnson he should stand down. Johnson wants to continue as Prime Minister until the Conservative Party chooses a new leader, probably in September, and has appointed a new Cabinet, replacing Michael Gove as Levelling Up Secretary with Greg Clark.


He has also appointed Paul Scully and Marcus Jones as junior DLUHC Ministers, although it is not yet clear what roles they will play. Some Conservative MPs would prefer Johnson to give way immediately to an interim Prime Minister, probably his deputy Dominic Raab, and may take action intended to achieve this.  Opposition parties may call a vote of no confidence.  Johnson has said he will not seek to make any major policy changes before a new Prime Minister is chosen, but it is not clear what this may imply for recent policy announcements affecting housing. The most likely outcome is delay, at least until after the summer recess.

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