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Tory MPs challenged to voice lack of confidence in Prime Minister

By Alan Beresford

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TWO north-east Conservative MPs are being urged to state their lack of confidence in Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Karen Adam.
Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP Karen Adam.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast SNP MSP has called on Boris Johnson to resign, branding his position “untenable” and saying the Prime Minister “isn’t fit to hold public office” after he admitted for the first time that he attended a Downing Street party while the rest of the country faced lockdown.

Following on from this call, she has written to north-east Scottish Tory MPs Andrew Bowie (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine) and David Duguid (Banff and Buchan), urging them to publicly commit to writing to the Conservative Party’s 1922 Committee, expressing no confidence in Mr Johnson’s leadership. In the letters, Ms Adam says “the sooner that Boris Johnson resigns, or is removed from office, the better for our constituents and all the people of Scotland."

Her letter states: “Following on from two-and-a-half years of arrogance, entitlement, and mendacity since Mr Johnson became UK Prime Minister, you will be aware of the recent and ongoing revelation that during the height of lockdown in May 2020, the Prime Minister attended a Downing Street garden party, in clear breach of rules put in place to save people’s lives.

“Boris Johnson always was unfit to hold high office. It has simply taken time for his transgressions to catch up with him. Now they most obviously have.”

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP Andrew Bowie.

Mr Bowie said that while he thought the Prime Minister's apology "wasn't enough", he nevertheless said that the investigation into the incident by senior civil servant Sue Gray should be allowed to conclude.

He commented: "I completely understand the anger and disappointment out there and it's anger and disappointment I myself feel.

"That's why I think it's right that the Prime Minister apologised to parliament and to the British public.

"I don't actually think that the apology was enough but I do think it's important to wait for the full investigation to conclude and Sue Gray's report to be published at which point we'll have the full facts of the incident and what exactly went on."

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid.

Mr Duguid echoed the call for the investigation to be allowed to run its course.

He said: I fully understand the anger many people feel about the events in Downing Street, at a time when the whole country was under severe restrictions due to the pandemic.

“We’ve all had to make sacrifices to protect ourselves from this virus.

“A comprehensive investigation into what happened is under way and I believe Sue Gray should be allowed to complete her inquiry so the full facts can be established.”

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