Tim Loughton, 59, MP for East Worthing and Shoreham since the 1997 general election, has expressed his thoughts on recent reports of parties at Downing Street. Taking to social media Saturday evening, the Tory MP and former banker called on the Prime Minister, 57, to step down, stating he is “very angry too”.
He wrote on Twitter: “I have regretfully come to the conclusion that Boris Johnson’s position is now untenable, that his resignation is the only way to bring this whole unfortunate episode to an end and I am working with colleagues to impress that view on Number 10.
“I am deeply sorry for the great hurt that has been caused to many people who have made substantial sacrifices during lockdown, ultimately in some cases not being able to share precious final moments with loved ones.”
Continuing in the post which already amassed 129 likes and over 150 comments as of writing, the Tory MP was most critical of the way Mr Johnson handled the “mounting revelations in the last few weeks”.
He wrote in an extended Facebook post: “Obfuscation, prevarication and evasion have been the order of the day when clarity, honesty and contrition was what was needed and what the British people deserve.
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However, Mr Loughton acknowledged senior civil servant Sue Gray is still carrying out an investigation into the alleged Covid rule breaking in Downing Street and Government departments.
Other Tory MPs have called on Boris Johnson to resign while others have stated they are waiting for Ms Gray’s verdict.
Douglas Ross, 38, Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party since 2020, has been at the forefront of calls for the Prime Minister to step down, saying he had a “difficult conversation” with Mr Johnson following the PMs apology, according to the BBC.
Mr Ross has even indicated he would formally request a vote of no confidence.
Labour leader Keir Starmer, 59, has also put pressure on Mr Johnson to resign.
A recent YouGov poll has revealed 40 percent of people who voted for the Conservative party to elect Mr Johnson in 2019 now believe he should resign, while out of the general population, 63 percent believe he should.