Boris Johnson making Britain an international laughing stock, says Labour MP
Shadow Education Secretary and Labour MP Bridget Phillipson says the quickest and easiest way for this to come to a conclusion is “for the conservative party to turf out Boris Johnson”.
“They’ve known for months exactly who he is and what he’s capable of, this not some new revelation they’ve all just chanced upon,” she tells the BBC,
“It’s very damaging for our democracies and institutions but it also makes Britain an international laughing stock.
Asked whether the Labour party would bring about a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons, Phillipson says “this is not responsibility of the Labour party to solve the problems the Conservative party created for themselves”.
She said she would welcome the opportunity to bring about an election now against any conservative.
Why Conservatives are urging PM to resign
Boris Johnson’s future as UK prime minister is in greater jeopardy than ever before.
Months of unremitting political turbulence spiked on Tuesday when the health secretary and chancellor quit within 10 minutes of each other over the PM’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP).
This triggered a trickle of resignations and letters of no confidence from junior ministers and MPs that on Wednesday became a flood.
That evening, a group of senior ministers went to Downing Street to try to persuade the PM to resign.
But so far Mr Johnson remains defiant and says he has no intention of resigning given his “colossal mandate” from voters at the last election. Cabinet ally Jacob Rees-Mogg dismissed the campaign against him as a “squall”.
A drunken night out in Westminster
Last Thursday Noa Hoffman, a 24-year-old just four days into her job as a political reporter for the Sun newspaper, broke the news that a Conservative MP had resigned from his role as a party whip following a boozy evening at the Carlton private members club.
In his resignation letter, Chris Pincher told the PM he “drank far too much” and “embarrassed myself and other people”.
But the matter turned out to be far more serious: he is alleged to have grabbed two men at a private members’ club, touching at least one of them on the groin.
Two things then happened. The government briefed the media that Mr Pincher had recognised he had behaved badly and so would keep his job as an MP and face no further action.
But behind the scenes Conservative MPs were furious.
Meanwhile, Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock has called for Boris Johnson to announce his intention to resign, saying the PM’s departure is “inevitable” in the next few days.
Hancock tells the BBC it would be better for Johnson to go today to begin an “orderly process” for finding the next prime minister.
Turning to a leadership contest, Hancock says he will not be standing, but adds that it would be “right and proper” for Johnson to stay in office while the contest is ongoing to ensure a smooth contest”.