+++ Thursday Live Blog +++

Strap in for another day…

1640: Normal service is now resuming. The live blog is wrapping up for the day. For the latest leadership race updates, stay tuned to this post

1457: PM has spoken to Zelensky on the phone. Finished the call by praising him: “You’re a hero, everybody loves you.”

1411: John Major writes to Graham Brady arguing Boris should be removed from No.10 immediately

1406: PM to chair Cabinet at 3pm

1244: “Them’s the breaks…”

1230: Boris announces his resignation, says he’ll stay until a successor is appointed

1215: Andrew Stephenson appointed Minister without Portfolio

1208: Shailesh Vara appointed NI Secretary

1202: Kit Malthouse appointed Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

1155: Buckland confirmed as Wales Secretary

1146: James Cleverly appointed Education Secretary

1140: Greg Clark appointed Levelling Up Secretary

1137: Starmer threatens vote of no confidence motion if Boris “clings on” any longer

1135: James Cleverly reportedly set to be made Education Secretary. Buckland to return to Cabinet as Wales Secretary.

1113: PM to make new Ministerial appointments shortly. Times reporting Greg Clark expected to be made Levelling Up Secretary.

1008: George Freeman and Bim Afolami call on the PM to resign today, not wait until party conference. Freeman tweets “Boris Johnson needs to hand in the seals of office, apologise to Her Majesty & advise her to call for a Caretaker Prime Minister.”

0951: Asked whether the PM can stay on until party conference, a 1922 source tells Guido “no”.

0916: Jack Brereton resigns as a Trade PPS

0910: Luke Hall resigns as Tory Vice Chair

0907: 💥💥💥BORIS CONFIRMS HE WILL RESIGN💥💥💥

0905: Ben Wallace, the PM’s former campaigns manager, tweets telling Tory MPs to use the 1922 mechanism to change leader. He won’t resign.

0852: Michelle Donelan resigns as Education Secretary after just one day

08:51: James Wild resigns as PPS to the non-existent party chair

0848: Nadhim Zahawi tells the Prime Minister to go. Read letter in full.

0837: Richard Graham resigns as trade envoy to Malaysia and the Philippines

0811: James Cartlidge resigns as Courts’ Minister

0807: Chris Philp resigns as DCMS digital economy minister

0752: Guy Opperman resigns as Pensions Minister at DWP

0751: Mark Logan MP says Boris is “taking the piss now”

0745: Steve Baker claiming people are “imploring” him to make leadership run on Today programme

0740: Times Radio’s Lucy Fisher now reporting Freeman has told her he has resigned after all. He did not explicitly say this in his War and Peace length resignation letter.

0730: Correction, George appears to have confirmed he has lost confidence in the PM but not actually stated he is resigning.

0723: The number of resignations has now hit 5️⃣0️⃣

0723: George Freeman resigns as Science Minister

0715: Damian Hinds resigns as Securities Minister

0649: Helen Whateley resigns as Exchequer Secretary

0647: Brandon Lewis resigns as Northern Ireland Secretary

0644: Welsh Minister of State David TC Davies tells Boris he will refuse to take over as Welsh Secretary following Simon Hart’s resignation last night

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