William Wragg becomes latest Tory MP calling for Boris Johnson to resign
MP for Hazel Grove, William Wragg, has become the latest Tory to call for Boris Johnson to resign.
Pressure is mounting on the Prime Minister after he admitted attending a Downing Street drinks gathering in May 2020 during Prime Minister's Questions today (Wednesday 12 January).
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford are among those calling for the PM to quit.
In the Commons, Mr Johnson apologised for attending the event and claimed he spent 25 minutes there to 'thank groups of staff.'
He acknowledged the public 'rage' over the incident but insisted that he 'believed implicitly that it was a 'work event.'
But Mr Wragg, chairman of the Public Affairs and Constitutional Affairs Committee, has said the Prime Minister’s position is 'untenable'.
He told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme that: “A series of unforced errors are deeply damaging to the perception of the party.
“The Prime Minister’s position is untenable.”
Mr Wragg, who is also the vice-chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench MPs, suggested Boris Johnson should take the decision to resign himself.
He told BBC Radio 4’s PM that it was 'a tragedy things have come to pass in this way', and he said: “Unfortunately, I wasn’t reassured. I fear this is simply going to be a continuing distraction to the good governance of the country.”
He said it would be 'preferable' for Mr Johnson to offer his resignation himself as MPs were 'tired' and 'frankly worn out of defending what is invariably indefensible'.
He said: “I don’t believe it should be left to the findings of a civil servant to determine the future of the Prime Minister and indeed who governs this country. I think it is for the Conservative Party, if not the Prime Minister, in fact, to make that decision, and to realise what is in the best interest, so that we can move forward both as a party and a country.”
He added that “no doubt the Prime Minister is reflecting deeply on what has happened, but I cannot in all sincerity see a way where these issues go away”.
“It is deeply unfortunate, but I’m afraid it is… the inevitable conclusion is the only way to do that is with a change,” he said.