The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, plunged into a deep political crisis by the resignation of several members of his government, said in Parliament on Wednesday that his intention is to "continue" at the head of the Executive.
Johnson appeared today in the control session in the House of Commons, where both opposition parties and some Conservative MPs demanded his resignation in the wake of the series of scandals that have plagued his term in office.
"The job of a Prime Minister in difficult times, in circumstances where he has been given a colossal mandate (for the 2019 general election), is to move on and that's what I'm going to do," said the head of government.
Johnson - who yesterday received the resignations of Rishi Sunak as Finance Minister and Sajid Javid as Health Minister - made this statement after Tory MP Tim Loughton asked him in what circumstances the Prime Minister believed he could resign.
"When times are tough and the country is facing economic pressures, with the biggest war in Europe in 80 years (Ukraine), that is the time when you expect a government to get on with the job and not walk away," the Prime Minister said.
Johnson is now facing a haemorrhage of resignations in his government, mostly of secretaries of state, following the latest scandal surrounding Chris Picher MP.
The Prime Minister admitted yesterday, after initially denying it, that he did know that Pincher - the former head of discipline in the Conservative parliamentary group - had been investigated in the past for inappropriate behaviour towards men.
Commenting on Pincher, Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer said the Prime Minister had tolerated "appalling behaviour, unacceptable in any walk of life".
"Isn't this the first recorded case of sinking ships running away from the rat?" asked Starmer in reference to the continuing resignations in the executive.
Amid pressure for him to resign, the Conservative leader said his government is focused on helping families across the country overcome the crisis of rising inflation and said he is set to cut taxes for 30 million citizens.
The Conservative leader recently overcame an internal party motion of censure, but the vote showed that 41% of Tory MPs were dissatisfied with his administration and with the series of scandals, such as the Downing Street parties during the pandemic.