Partygate: Tory MP Julian Sturdy calls on Boris Johnson to resign

Boris Johnson

The PM meets with Tory backbenchers tonight to try to stave off a leadership challenge (Image: UK Parliament/PA/Getty)

A Tory MP called Boris Johnson resigns over Partygate revelations

Julian Sturdy said it was “in the public interest” for the Prime Minister to resign following the publication of the Sue Gray report.

While some Conservatives had previously urged Mr Johnson to quit over the scandal, Mr Sturdy is the first to do so since the report was published.

His intervention will unnerve government whips, it could be the first of several, though it remains unclear whether enough formal letters of no-confidence will be filed to trigger a leadership election.

The York Outer MP publicly withdrew his support while the Prime Minister met with backbenchers.

Mr Johnson was greeted by a clatter of tables as he entered the 1922 committee chambers to continue efforts to fend off a potential bid for leadership.

It comes after two quick polls showed a clear majority of voters think the prime minister should quit over the affair.

In a statement, Mr Sturdy said: “Speaking to voters, it is clear that discussions about parties at Downing Street come at a time when our country is grappling with the return of war in Europe, a global cost of living crisis and our massive challenges , remaining a harmful distraction The recovery from the pandemic is more important than ever.

“This is a clear time when we cannot know anything about the Prime Minister’s honesty, integrity and personal character.”

The Prime Minister apologized directly to Tory MPs, telling them their job now was to win back public confidence, according to someone who attended the 1922 meeting

Jonathan Gullis MP, a vocal supporter of Mr Johnson, said he had “extremely apologized” and told reporters: “The key message is that he is sorry and we need to win back the country’s trust.”

Tobias Elwood, a Tory MP who had previously called for Mr Johnson’s resignation, reiterated his lack of support for the Prime Minister during a Commons session today.

He warned that the affair could cost the party a general election, adding: “My question to the PM in terms of leadership is very clear: can he imagine another PM who would have allowed such a culture of indiscipline? take place under their supervision, and if so, would they not have resigned?’

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Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross previously urged the Prime Minister to resign before withdrawing his letter of no confidence over the Ukraine crisis.

He didn’t seem to stop reversing his position once again, saying: “I have said before that the prime minister’s position is untenable and I only changed that because of the situation in Ukraine.

“Unfortunately, since the report was published, the situation in Ukraine has not changed.”

But he made a critical finding in the ongoing parliamentary inquiry into whether or not Mr Johnson had misled Parliament.

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