Boris Johnson: GB News guest speculates on Tory MPs position
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Boris Johnson is facing a wave of criticism from within his own party, as Tory MPs are refusing to defend the PM over allegations of Covid-rule breaking in Downing Street. Damning evidence has surfaced that shows Covid rules were broken by Downing Street staff while the rest of the country followed strict Covid restrictions. Here’s the latest reaction from Conservative MPs.
There has been a series of condemning revelations about the social gatherings held at Downing Street while the UK was in a period of strict Covid restrictions, from leaving dos to after-dinner drinks, the alleged culture of drinking and partying at Number 10 is alarming.
Government insiders have told The Mirror that Downing Street held “wine-time Fridays” every week throughout the pandemic, which the PM is reported to have attended.
These events urged aides to “let off steam” while the rest of the country was banned from socialising indoors.
In December 2020, staff are even alleged to have bought a 34-bottle fridge to store their alcohol in and an aide was allegedly sent off to the nearby Tesco Metro with a wheely suitcase to keep the fridge fully stocked, The Mirror reports.
Tory MPs have been met with bulging inboxes this week as angry constituents are calling for the PM to resign over the scandal.
It seems many Tories share the anger of their constituents, here are some of the damning responses from Mr Johnson’s MPs.
MP for Amber Valley, Nigel Mills, who backed Mr Johnson in his leadership campaign in 2019 told the Times: “It just looks horrible. These people are meant to be the brightest and the best running the country.
“It’s hard to conceive how so many stupid things could have happened.”
Mr Mills said the fact that one of the reported parties took place the night before the Queen sat isolated at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral has sparked fresh anger from within the Conservative benches.
He said: “It was a horrible thing to have to see, the Queen, in her late nineties, sitting alone mourning her husband of seven decades, juxtaposed with a party in No 10 finishing barely 12 hours earlier.”
The MP for Wellingborough, Peter Bone, who also supported Mr Johnson told the Times: “If there were people in Downing Street prior to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral partying, well they’re prats and need to be sacked.”
Many have targeted the PM directly calling for him to step down as their leader.
Chairman of the Commons culture select committee, Julian Knight, told Times Radio that he was “very open-minded” about the possibility of the PM being ousted from power.
He added: “It would be charitable to say that Partygate is due to acts of extreme stupidity on behalf of those at No 10”.
Many Tories have criticised the PM’s leadership but five have even gone so far as to call for him to step down.
Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire told BBC: “I don’t need to see what Sue Gray says to know that for me, Boris Johnson has lost the moral authority to lead the country.
“If there’s another emergency where he has to call on the public to make sacrifices, he doesn’t have that authority.
“That makes his position in my book, as prime minister, completely untenable.”
Tobias Ellwood, the chair of the defence select committee and MP for Bournemouth East told the BBC: “The prime minister must lead or step aside. We need leadership.”
Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives told Sky News he didn’t think the PM’s position as prime minister and leader of the Conservative party was “tenable.”
Up to 20 Tory MPs are believed to have submitted letters of no confidence in Mr Johnson as their leader, the Telegraph reports.
However, this is still far short of the 54 needed to trigger a leadership contest.
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