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Topical Tuesdays: Boris Johnson Resigns as MP - Key Stage 2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigned as a Member of Parliament on 9th June 2023 after he read a report by a group of MPs. They were looking at evidence he gave to Parliament about parties that broke Covid lockdown rules.

Two other Conservative MPs, Nadine Dorries and Nigel Adams, who both support Johnson, have also resigned.

This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior magazine, along with a sheet of activities designed to get children thinking, talking and writing about what the story means to them.


When Mr Johnson resigned, two other MPs resigned in support. Isn’t this a remarkably noble gesture by his friends? Do you think you would have the heart to give up something you love if it made your mate feel better?

Isn’t it a good thing to stick up for your friend, even when he has made bad choices? Or do you think it is wrong to ditch your responsibilities in order to make a protest?

Shouldn’t the other two MPs have been more concerned about serving the people who elected them? Isn’t duty more important than staying on the right side of your friends? What do you think?

Writing skills

Write a letter to your parents or carers, explaining that you are resigning from doing your chores because one of your friends has been told off for something. Make it as funny or serious as you like but remember to explain why you have taken this decision and use the tone and conventions of a formal letter.


Mr Johnson has spent much of his time since he stopped being Prime Minister by going around the world making speeches. Write an advertisement for one of his speaking events, using an eye-catching headline and including persuasive language about what he could offer as a guest speaker. Don’t forget to say where and when he will be speaking, how much it will cost to see it and how people can book tickets.


Mr Johnson has had a number of different jobs over his lifetime. Research what they are and give the dates of when he worked in those roles.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download in our Topical Tuesdays collection.

What is the Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to The Week Junior website.

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