Michael Portillo attacks Boris Johnson over his apology
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Boris Johnson admitted he attended a party in the Downing Street garden during the height of the first lockdown, when harsh restrictions were still in place for Britons. But the Prime Minister subsequently claimed he didn’t know it was a party and left 25 minutes into the event. His excuses clearly didn’t wash with members of his own party, as dozens came out and said they don’t believe he should continue as Prime Minister.
Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross came out and told his party leader to resign for his indiscretions in the first lockdown yesterday, resulting in Jacob Rees-Mogg calling him a ‘lightweight’.
Mr Ross said: “I said, yesterday, if the Prime Minister attended this gathering, event in Downing Street on May 20 2020, he could not continue as Prime Minister so, regretfully, I have to say his position is no longer tenable.
“What we also heard from the Prime Minister today was an apology and he said with hindsight he would have done things differently, which for me is an acceptance from the Prime Minister that it was wrong and therefore, I don’t want to be in this position, but I am in this position now, where I don’t think he can continue as leader of the Conservatives.”
A number of Scottish Tories have thrown their weight behind Mr Ross: Alexander Burnett, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle, Craig Hoy, Donald Cameron, Douglas Lumsden, Edward Mountain,Jackson Carlaw, Jamie Halcro-Johnston, Finlay Carson, Liam Kerr, Liz Smith, Maurice Golden, Meghan Gallacher, Miles Briggs, Murdo Fraser, Russell Findlay, Sharon Dowey, Stephen Kerr, and Sue Webber.
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Baroness Ruth Davidson
The former MSP, who led Scottish Tories, is credited with helping the Conservatives overtake Labour in Scotland and is a well respected member of the party.
She asked “what were any of these people thinking?” regarding those who attended the party, which is estimated to be around 40 people.
“A tough call. But the right one,” she tweeted in response to Mr Ross’s statement.
Vice chair of the 1922 committee, William Wragg is an influential senior backbencher in the Tory party, and the withdrawal of his support is a huge blow for the Prime Minister.
Mr Wragg said it was “preferable” that the Prime Minister step down and said he was “frankly worn out of defending what is invariably indefensible.”
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Sir Roger Gale
Sir Roger Gale denounced the implausibility of the Prime Minister’s claims he didn’t realise he was attending a party.
He said: “I’m sorry, you don’t have ‘bring a bottle’ work events in Downing Street, so far as I’m aware.
“And you don’t have ‘bring a bottle’ work events that are advertised or invited by the Prime Minister’s private secretary.”
He added: “I think the time has come for either the Prime Minister to go with dignity as his choice, or for the 1922 Committee to intervene.”
MP for Romsey and Southampton North, Caroline Nokes has said the Prime Minister now “looks like a liability”.
She said: “I think he either goes now, or he goes in three years’ time at a general election, and it’s up to the party to decide which way around that’s going to be.
“I know my thoughts are is that he’s damaging us now.”
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