Keir Starmer says Tories ‘ignored’ the public as Boris Johnson held on

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Keir Starmer has blasted the ‘divided Tories’ who have chosen to ‘prop up’ Boris Johnson and ‘ignore the British public’.

The Labor leader claimed the Conservative Party had shown they believed the British public had “no right to expect honest politicians” after the Prime Minister survived a confidence vote tonight.

He won the vote 211-148, meaning he keeps his job – but the results are unlikely to end the discussion surrounding his controversial leadership.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called the British leader a “lame duck” and pointed to his lack of support across Scotland.

She said: “This result is certainly the worst of all worlds for the Tories. But more importantly, at a time of great challenge, Britain is saddled with an absolutely lame duck PM.

“And for Scotland it just underscores the democratic deficit – only 2 MPs out of 59 have confidence in the Prime Minister.”

At a press conference after the results were announced, Sir Keir called Mr Johnson “completely unfit for the great office he holds”.

“The British public is fed up. I’m tired of having a prime minister who promises a lot but never delivers,” he said.

Union leader Keir Starmer during a visit to a drop-in meeting for pensioners in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, to discuss the rising cost of living and priorities for local people. Picture date: Wednesday May 4, 2022. PA Photo. See PA Story POLITICS Elections. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Boris Johnson is ‘totally unfit for the great office he holds’, he claimed (Image: PA)

“I’m sick of having a Prime Minister who has presided over a culture of lies and breaking the law at the heart of government. I’m sick of having a prime minister totally unfit for the big office he holds.

“The Conservative MPs made their choice tonight. They have ignored the British public and firmly attached themselves and their party to Boris Johnson and all he represents.

Reflecting on the joint platinum jubilee celebrations over the weekend, the opposition leader said: “It is grotesque that the Conservative Party decided the very next day to throw that sense of duty and those values ​​into the fire”.

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