The first of the Sussex Ministers to resign is Mims Davies and we may see some more resignations in the next few days if Boris does not step down. At least one of the new senior Ministers, the new Chancellor have now called on him to resign within hours of him arriving although of course Johnson has ignored that call. Along with Mims in the last few hours there has been clear calls from other Sussex Conservative MPs for Johnson to step down. Here is a response from Henry Smith who states in the newspaper the positive issues that he endorses and then he states
However, in spite of these achievements, the unnecessary personal decision errors which have been made in Downing Street mean that for the sake of our country we now need new leadership.
Along with the call from Henry Smith and Mims Davies, Huw Merriman has published a letter which includes
Events of the past few days, however, have demonstrated a further failure on the part of the Prime Minister, in terms of judgement, competency and integrity. This tells me that lessons have not been learnt. We cannot continue like this. The current situation is causing inertia in Government and if we allow standards expected of those in public service to fall, we will lose the trust of the public and we will never attract high calibre, trustworthy and hard-working individuals into politics or public service. It is for these reasons that I now believe the Prime Ministers position is untenable and I can no longer support his continued leadership.
and his neighbour Sally-Ann Hart stated in twitter
Considering the further revelations that have come to light, and given that the integrity of Parliament must be upheld, on behalf of my constituents of Hastings and Rye I am no longer able to support Boris Johnson as Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister.
and Caroline Ansell who is another neighbour stated in facebook
With the Commons standards enquiry still to come, I have prized stability in the aftermath of the pandemic and although his political opponents may never concede it, Boris Johnson has led this country well and bravely at times. The strong mandate Conservatives received from the British people at the last General Election still stands. Important legislation has been delivered in the last two and half years that will make a huge difference to this country. There is still important work to come in the next two years of this parliament but I have had to conclude that Boris Johnson is not the man to take this forward. Without trust and respect, there can be no leadership. This last week’s revelations are pretty final for me. The Prime Minister has lost my confidence. I also regret that through his actions, we have seen talented and dedicated ministers being lost from the government. Such change as this is no small matter and I would never do it lightly but I urge the Prime Minister to do the honourable thing and consider his position.
We know that many weeks ago, long before the vote that took place, that Tim Loughton has called for Johnson to go. Inevitably the three Brighton and Hove MPs want him to leave. So currently we have three Ministers and Nick Gibb who was previously a Minister all appear to still support Johnson. There has been nothing I have spotted from Andrew Griffith or Peter Bottomley that suggests they are opposing Johnson. The same is the case from Nusrat Ghani in East Sussex. So we have 9 Sussex MPs who want him to resign and 7 who have not yet appeared to confirm that.