'Remarkably short-sighted!' Ann Widdecombe savages MPs calling for Boris to resign

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Former MEP candidate for Brexit Party Ann Widdecombe has lashed out at Conservative MPs calling for Boris Johnson to stand down as Prime Minister amid uproar over lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street. Ms Widdecombe branded mounting calls for Mr Johnson to resign coming from furious Tory backbenchers as “remarkably short-sighted”.

Ms Widdecombe told Sky News: “I think this is a remarkably short-sighted reaction on the part of Conservative MPs.

“It’s not about them, it’s about the country.

“We’re just coming out of a pandemic, we’ve got to get NHS queues sorted out which are at record length.

“We’ve got negotiations going on with the EU over Northern Ireland and this is not a time to plunge the country into months, because that’s what it usually takes, months worth of instability.

“When the EU negotiators, the civil servants, Government ministers themselves have no idea who the PM is going to be in a few months time,” added the former Conservative minister.

“It is remarkably short-sighted, we all know, we can all remember particularly those of us who aren’t new MPs can remember Governments being in the doldrums masses behind in the opinion polls and then going on to win the General Election.

“This is not a situation that will have to prevail in three years’ time.

“Why can’t they keep their nerve?”

Mr Johnson apologised last Wednesday for attending a “bring your own booze” party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, when the rest of the country was in lockdown.

The PM insisted he thought the party was work-related but said he recognised “with hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside”.

He said an inquiry headed by senior official Sue Gray was examining the situation but accepted “there were things we simply did not get right and I must take responsibility”.

The scandal has prompted Bury South MP Christian Wakeford to stage a dramatic defection from the Tories to Labour minutes.

Mr Wakeford made his move shortly before Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday afternoon.

The Bury South MP accused Mr Johnson of being “incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves” as he switched sides.

Responding to the defection, the Prime Minister’s press secretary said: “I think we’re obviously sorry to see a colleague who was elected by constituents who voted for a Boris Johnson-led government leave and attempt to put Keir Starmer into No 10, which will be a disaster for the country.

“What the people of Bury South and the whole country need is a strong Conservative government making tough decisions to deliver for them, and as you heard the PM say in the House the Conservative Party won Bury South on an agenda of uniting and levelling up and delivering for the public.”



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