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‘PM has poisoned Conservative Party’

THE former Tory MP who defected to Labour accused Boris Johnson yesterday of having “poisoned the Tory Party from top to bottom” and warned that he is “living on borrowed time.”

Christian Wakeford crossed the floor in protest at the Prime Minister’s leadership and the row over Downing Street parties.

Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Mr Wakeford said: “Boris Johnson is living on borrowed time. He has poisoned the Tory Party from top to bottom.”

The Bury South MP said the investigation into No 10 by civil servant Sue Gray would show Downing Street was “hosting parties while the rest of us were obeying the rules.”

Mr Wakeford added he had “too much respect for the people who voted me into Parliament to stay silent in the face of intimidation.”

Scottish Conservative chief whip Stephen Kerr said that the resignation of the PM as a result of the parties held in and around Downing Street during lockdown is “an inevitability.”

The investigation by Ms Gray into several gatherings continues, with her findings reportedly set to be published this week.

Labour has called on the government to publish the report in full, with all the accompanying evidence, after Deputy PM Dominic Raab repeatedly failed to confirm that its entirety will be disclosed.

Deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “Boris Johnson cannot be allowed to cover up or obscure any of the truth when he has insisted on a hugely protracted internal probe to tell him which parties he attended and what happened in his own home.

“The Conservatives have shown us how little respect they have for the rules.

“Bereaved families, our key workers and all those that diligently followed the rules have been insulted enough by the Prime Minister’s cover-ups and lies.”


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