Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Partygate: Two more Tory MPs urge Boris Johnson to step down – now how many want him to resign?

One of the youngest Conservative Party lawmakers has become the 26th Tory to publicly call on Boris Johnson to resign over the Partygate scandal.

Elliot Colburn emailed his constituents to say that anything within the Sue Gray Report or the Met Police investigation “I do not believe that my decision to submit a letter to the 1922 Committee (which I did some time ago) was wrong.” was”.

The MP for Carshalton and Wallington is one of the youngest Tory MPs and was 26 when he was elected in 2019. He indicated that he wanted the prime minister to resign in February.

He is one of a growing number of lawmakers who have publicly called for the departure of Mr Johnson, who helped him secure a large majority when he became prime minister in 2019.

Mr Colburn said that “further questions and revelations have subsequently come to light” since the end of the Met investigation and the publication of the Sue Gray report.

“I am particularly shocked by the revelations of poor behavior of the security and sanitation workers at No. 10, hence my letter has been submitted.”

Earlier on Monday, Jeremy Wright, who was culture secretary and attorney general under Theresa May, was the 25th Tory to call on the prime minister to resign immediately since he was fined by the Met Police in April, according to a Sky News tally. Became MP.

He posted a statement on his website saying an apology to “restore confidence in accountability and good government” and civil servants need to move forward if the government is to fulfill its election promises.

“It seems to me now that continuing in the office of Prime Minister will hinder those very important objectives,” he wrote.

“Therefore, I conclude with regret that, for the good of this and future governments, the Prime Minister should resign.”

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Mr Wright did not say whether he had sent a letter of no-confidence to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs, who must receive 54 letters before the leadership vote.

However, it is likely that he has publicly called on the Prime Minister to leave after much deliberation.

Johnson’s resignation has continued to be demanded by Tory MPs since the release of Sue Grey’s report last Wednesday, with many questioning his explanation that he did not treat the gatherings as parties and that they should be viewed only as work events. as seen.

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‘Clear evidence was PM’s negligence’

A former lawyer and MP for Kenilworth and Southam since 2005, Mr Wright had previously said Mr Johnson should go if he was found to have deliberately attended rule-breaking parties.

Like many conservatives, he said he would make a decision after the Met Police and Sue Grey published their inquiries into the events, in which the former ended two weeks ago.

In his statement, Mr Wright said he took some time to think about the findings of the inquiry and believes the prime minister did not deliberately mislead parliament when he said he had not broken laws. .

He said he acknowledged that the prime minister was not aware that he was breaking the rules for the time being when he was fined.

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But, he said, it is “not only the prime minister’s own legal responsibility” which is relevant because Mr Johnson was asked in parliament about others breaking the rules.

Mr Johnson said all guidance had been followed – but the Met and Ms Gray have found otherwise.

Mr Wright said the debate about whether Mr Johnson misled parliament and the PartyGate investigation has had a “corrosive effect”.

“In my view, there is clear evidence that he has been negligent,” he wrote.

“I believe that he should have done more to satisfy himself that the assurances he had been given, and that he was giving Parliament in return, were in fact correct.”

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