'Not welcome on that side of House' Dorries issues brutal swipe after MP defects to Labour


The Bury South MP made a dramatic exit from the Tory party just minutes before Mr Johnson faced yet another grilling at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). Soon after Mr Wakeford defected to Labour, Ms Dorries tweeted: “Sadly, @Christian4BuryS has yet to realise that the Union Jack mask he is wearing to cross the floor to Labour, is not welcome on that side of the house.”

The Culture Secretary also tweeted that Mr Johnson had received “huge and overwhelming support for @BorisJohnson from packed Tory benches” at another explosive meeting of MPs in the commons during which calls for the Prime Minister’s resignation grew.

Mr Johnson faced more questions from MPs over his attendance at a “bring your own booze” event in the Downing Street garden during England’s first coronavirus lockdown.

Ms Dorries has staunchly supported Boris Johnson since he apologised over the ‘partygate’ scandal last week and urged MPs to wait for the findings of the inquiry into the gatherings led by senior civil servant Sue Gray had concluded before they passed judgement on the Prime Minister.

Mr Wakeford was one of seven Tory MPs to publicly call for Mr Johnson’s resignation following the “partygate” scandal.

Addressing Mr Johnson in the House of Commons, the Red Wall MP said: “You and the Conservative Party as a whole have shown themselves incapable of offering the leadership and Government this country deserves”.

Mr Wakeford said: “I care passionately about the people of Bury South and I have concluded that the policies of the Conservative Government that you lead are doing nothing to help the people of my constituency and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse.”

Conservative MP David Davis also dealt a shocking blow to Mr Johnson when he told him to resign “in the name of God” during today’s PMQs.

Speaking in the Commons, the former Brexit secretary said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday he did the opposite of that.”

Mr Davis quoted Leo Amery addressing Tory Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in the Commons in 1940: “You have sat there too long for all the good you have done – in the name of God, go!”

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In response, Mr Johnson said as he has told the house repeatedly he takes full responsibility for everything done in his government.

Mr Johnson and his allies have said that MPs must wait until Ms Gray concludes her investigation into a series of gatherings in No 10 during the spring of 2020.

UK Defence Minister James Heappey urged his Conservative colleagues to wait for Ms Gray’s report. “I wish that they would wait. This feels like a time for cool heads in parliament,” he told Sky News on Wednesday.

Mr Heappey said: “I think we should all be wanting to wait to see what evidence she has gathered from across everybody she has spoken to and what judgments she comes to and then we can make a decision about what happens next.”

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Pressure is mounting on the Prime Minister to step down after several MPs have reportedly submitted letters of no confidence with more prepared to do so.

According to Sky News, around 12 letters were handed in this morning. Conservative Party rule states that at least 15 percent of its MPs – which currently equates to 54 MPs – must submit letters to topple Johnson.

Around 10 more Tory MPs are thought to have sent letters on Tuesday after the “Red Wall” meeting in the office of the Rutland and Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, in which a group of MPs elected in 2019 reportedly discussed how to proceed over the ‘partygate’ scandal.

Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife Wendy Chamberlain opened today’s PMQs by calling on Mr Johnson to resign. The Prime Minister replied “No. I can tell her that as I said to the House last week, I apologise sincerely for any of these judgments that were made.”


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