Jack Doyle, communications director for embattled British prime minister Boris Johnson, has resigned amid the partygate scandal.
He told staff that the recent turmoil has taken a terrible toll on his family life and that he always intended to leave Johnson’s team after two years, according to the BBC.
Doyle had offered to resign in December after reports surfaced that he attended a Christmas party at 10 Downing Street in 2020 during the COVID-19 lockdown.
A former journalist for the Press Association and Daily Mail, Doyle became Johnson’s press secretary in 2020.
He was upped to communications director in April 2021, succeeding James Slack.
In commenting today about the wave of staff resignations that has rocked his leadership, Johnson quoted Rafiki of the Lion King, saying “change is good” and change is necessary even if it’s tough.