Why did Boris Johnson resign as prime minister?

5 September 2022, 13:42 | Updated: 24 October 2022, 13:33

Boris Johnson resigning as PM
Boris Johnson was forced to resign as prime minister earlier in 2022. Picture: Alamy

By Zoe Adams

Former PM Boris Johnson was officially replaced by Liz Truss but why was he forced to reign in the first place? And how long was he in the role?

Boris Johnson lost the support of his fellow MPS earlier this year following a number of incidents while he was the leader of the Conservative party.

Seeing him step down as PM and replaced by Liz Truss has become one of the most historic moments of British politics history after she too lost the confidence of her party after just 45 days, making her one of the shortest reigning PMs.

Having only written is letter of resignation in July 2022, Boris found himself in the running for PM once more in October 2022, after he was voted for along with Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt. However, after flying home from his holiday, Boris confirmed he would not be running for head of No.10 just yet.

He said: "I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do."

So why was Mr Johnson forced to quit as PM in the first place? And how long was he in the role? Here's everything you need to know including what Boris will do next.

Related article: Boris intends to 'repair his own balance sheet' as 'you earn so little' as PM, says Lord Marland

Related article: Prime Minister Liz Truss: Background and policies revealed

Boris Johnson leaving 10 Downing Street
Boris Johnson is now considering a new future after stepping down as PM. Picture: Alamy

Why did Boris Johnson resign?

A number of factors ultimately led Boris to lose the support and confidence of his fellow MPs in the lead up to his exit.

Firstly, there was the Chris Pincher affair where Johnson's deputy chief whip was accused of groping two men, a complaint Boris claimed to be unaware of which later turned out to be untrue.

There was also Partygate where it was discovered the PM and a number of MPs attended gatherings despite strict lockdown rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

The cost of living crisis and tax rises also clouded his leadership as did his actual skills to lead the country - Dominic Cummings accused him of being an 'out-of-control shopping trolley'.

Boris Johnson's resignation speech in full

Liz Truss speaking
Liz Truss took over from Boris Johnson as PM. Picture: Alamy

When did Boris Johnson become PM and how long for?

Boris was elected on July 24 2019 and officially ended his role on September 5 2022.

Despite his amazing victory to get the job as PM, he only ended up doing it for less than three years.

What's next for Boris Johnson?

No comeback plan has been revealed for Boris, however, there is plenty of speculation over what he may do next.

This includes returning to writing and journalism and becoming a public speaker - both of which pay extremely well.

Many have also voiced the opinion that he will remain in politics, which his latest statement following the new PM race confirmed.

Boris said: "I believe I am well placed to deliver a Conservative victory in 2024 - and tonight I can confirm that I have cleared the very high hurdle of 102 nominations, including a proposer and a seconder, and I could put my nomination in tomorrow. 

"There is a very good chance that I would be successful in the election with Conservative Party members - and that I could indeed be back in Downing Street on Friday.

"But in the course of the last days I have sadly come to the conclusion that this would simply not be the right thing to do."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Vladimir Putin

Putin pledges ceasefire in Ukraine if Kyiv withdraws troops and drops Nato bid

Putin has set out his demands for a ceasefire with Ukraine

Vladimir Putin promises ceasefire if Ukraine withdraws troops from occupied regions and backs out of Nato plans

More than a dozen employees were fired following claims about 'simulated' activity, according to reports.

‘Mouse jiggling’ employees sacked from major US bank after using tech to make it seem like they were working

Friends Matthew Steward and Cory Dove died in Turkey

Two British friends killed in quad bike horror crash in Turkey after smashing into 'hotel bus' on family holiday

Exclusive
You can run for president for United states but you can’t be a member of the House of Lords

Shadow Health Secretary says size of House of Lords ‘out of control’ and introducing an ‘80 year limit is the right balance’

Muslim pilgrims under umbrellas against the heat

Muslims start the Hajj against the backdrop of Israel-Hamas war

Simon Brown and William Rowe mugshot

Killer dad-of-two jailed for 13 years after beating 'bragging' serial paedophile to death

Guy Mukendi, 39, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Man who removed condom without consent during sex jailed four years in rare ‘stealthing’ conviction

Exclusive
England fans have been warned not to sing 'Ten German bombers' at the Euros. Picture shows fans during a game against Germany in 2021

‘We will intervene’: German police warn England fans coming to the Euros don’t sing Ten German Bombers

Rishi Sunak has said he is still fighting for every vote, despite a poll showing his party is behind Reform UK

Rishi Sunak defiant despite Reform UK overtaking Tories in poll as he insists he's 'fighting for every vote'

REM reunited

REM reunite at Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony

The TikTok tearaway was handed a community order at court on Thursday.

TikTok prankster Mizzy avoids jail after stealing phone from woman and fleeing police

Sabrina Peckham was eaten by the alligator

Horrifying footage shows bloated 14ft alligator that dragged homeless mother into canal and ate her

Huge queues have appeared at Birmingham Airport again this morning

‘Will they ever get a grip?’ Huge queues at Birmingham airport again as passengers report ‘carnage at 4am’

Geoff Hurst is England's last surviving World Cup winner

England's World Cup hero Geoff Hurst shares heartbreaking update after losing every teammate from 1966

Live
Nigel Farage's reform outpaces the Tories in the polls.

General Election LIVE: Reform passes Tories in polls, second half of the election kicks off