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‘In the name of God, go for it’: Tory MP tells Johnson lawmaker is failing Labor

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‘In the name of God, go for it’: Tory MP tells Johnson lawmaker is failing Labor

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A Tory MP defected to Labor and another called on Boris Johnson to step down during Wednesday’s boisterous Prime Minister’s Questions amid a party scandal that threatens the Prime Minister’s leadership.

Johnson again urged British MPs to wait for an independent inquiry from a civil servant whose report is due at the end of the month.

The report will cover revelations that his office organized task forces while the UK was under strict COVID-19 restrictions for the past two years.

But some Tory MPs appear to have lost faith in the PM’s ability to run the country, with Bury South MP Christian Wakeford defecting to Labor just before PMQs.

Tory MP David Davis said he had spent “weeks and months” defending Johnson to angry voters.

“I expect my leaders to take responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday he did the opposite,” Davis told the prime minister.

Reminding him of a quote from an MP to Neville Chamberlain, he said, “you’ve sat there too long for all the good you’ve done, in God’s name go ahead.”

Johnson dodged a number of questions about his leadership and touted his government’s handling of COVID-19 and the rollout of the vaccine in response to questions about Downing Street parties.

Over the past two weeks, Johnson has issued a series of apologies and defenses for his actions as the scandal continues to weigh on his leadership.

He apologized last week for attending a party in Downing Street during the first coronavirus lockdown, saying he thought it was a ‘work event’ and in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday, Johnson said no one had told him the event was “against the rules”.

Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer called Johnson’s defense “ridiculous”, saying he expected the country to believe that if everyone saw it as a “social occasion”, the Prime Minister considered it a “work event”.

Scottish National Party leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, went a step further, calling Johnson’s statements “ridiculous”.

“First he claimed there were no parties, then he wasn’t there, then he admitted he was there but he didn’t know it was a party and then Mr. President, the last apology is truly the most pathetic of all. No one told me. No one told me. No one told the Prime Minister that he was breaking his own rules. Absolutely pathetic” , Blackford said.

Johnson deflected questions amid loud chatter in parliament, repeatedly claiming Labor would have kept the country in lockdown longer.

Watch a Euronews interview with Tory MP Sir Roger Gale in the video player above.

‘In the name of God, go for it’: Tory MP tells Johnson lawmaker is failing Labor

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