#AceNewsReport – Jan.13: William Wragg, chairman of the Public Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Committee, said his position is ‘untenable’ following revelations about the May 2020 event.
#AceDailyNews says according to UK Media News Report: Another senior Conservative MP has called on Boris Johnson to resign over the Downing Street parties scandal: The prime minister is under intense pressure after admitting he attended a ‘bring your own booze’ gathering at Number 10 while the country was in lockdown:
PMQ’s – Sean SeddonWednesday 12 Jan 2022 5:24 pm
He joins Scottish Tory leader Douglass Ross in calling for Mr Johnson to fall on his sword.
The Hazel Grove MP told Radio 4’s PM programme that: ‘A series of unforced errors are deeply damaging to the perception of the party.’
Mr Wragg, who is also the vice-chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs, added it was ‘a tragedy things have come to pass in this way’.
The powerful backbench body, which would play a key role in facilitating any leadership election, is due to meet tonight for a pre-planned meeting.
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He added: ‘Unfortunately, I wasn’t reassured. I fear this is simply going to be a continuing distraction to the good governance of the country.’
Mr Ross earlier said ‘I don’t think [Mr Johnson] can continue as leader of the Conservatives.
He told STV he had spoken to the PM on Wednesday afternoon ‘and I set down my reasons and I explained to him my position’.
Another Tory MP, Sir Roger Gale, said it was already clear that Mr Johnson had misled Parliament and was politically a ‘dead man walking’.
The North Thanet MP said ‘you don’t have bring-a-bottle work events in Downing Street, so far as I’m aware’ and ‘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’.
Mr Johnson has attempted to head off savage criticism from within his own ranks and the public at large by apologising but refusing to comment further while an ongoing investigation is allowed to be completed.
Following a session in the Commons which saw a visibly shaken Mr Johnson face calls for his resignation, Downing Street could not confirm or deny whether the PM had himself turned up to the event with his own booze.
Earlier today in the Commons, Mr Johnson said that he attended the gathering for around 25 minutes to ‘thank groups of staff’ but ‘with hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside’.
The PM continued: ‘I know the rage they feel with me and with the government I lead when they think in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.’
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said ‘the party is over’ and called on him to resign.
He said: ‘That code says ministers who knowingly mislead parliament will be expected to offer their resignation.
‘The party’s over, prime minister. The only question is will the British public kick him out, will his party kick him out or will he do the decent thing and resign?’
#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Jan.13: 2022:
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