JASON GROVES: Robert Jenrick has long been considered a close friend and ally ... trends now
Robert Jenrick has long been considered a close friend and ally of the Prime Minister.
In 2019 he joined fellow rising stars Rishi Sunak and Oliver Dowden in penning an influential article endorsing Boris Johnson’s leadership bid, which was widely seen as pivotal in galvanising young Tory moderates behind him.
When he was appointed as immigration minister by Mr Sunak last year, it was thought he had been put there to try and rein in the more radical and troublesome Suella Braverman.
But whatever their past relationship, the timing of his departure yesterday – and the hostile tone of his resignation letter to the Prime Minister – was about as unfriendly as it gets.
It came just four hours after Mrs Braverman put the boot into the PM with her own ‘personal statement’ to the Commons – and less than an hour after Mr Sunak warned his MPs they needed to unite or die.
Last night Tory whips were on red alert for any signs that Mr Jenrick’s departure might trigger further resignations, or add to the pile of letters of no confidence
The blow to the PM is all the more bitter because it came amid signs his Rwanda plan might just serve to unite his fractious MPs
One close ally of the PM described it as ‘treacherous’