London Conservatives’ radio silence after Prime Minister’s’ embarrassing ‘apology
Tory MPs in London have been largely silent on the day’s main news, as calls for the Prime Minister to step down mount.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has admitted to attending a party for No.10 Assistants during England’s lockdown in May 2020.
About 30 to 40 people are said to have attended the Water Garden Reunion, which is one of a dozen evenings in Whitehall under investigation.
As of 4:30 p.m., eight of London‘s 21 Tory MPs had not tweeted at all today (January 12), including ministers Julia Lopez and Nickie Aiken.
Usually, ministers would be tasked with sharing the Prime Minister’s favorable comments after the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.
Only one London Tory – Beckenham MP Bob Stewart – addressed the crisis at No 10 on social media on Wednesday, at the time of writing.
Mr Stewart wrote to voters on Facebook: ‘I take a very negative view that there appear to have been several Downing Street parties during the lockdown when such events were clearly illegal …
“It shows very poor judgment on those who organized and actually assisted them and I deplore such actions when the vast majority of people were obeying the rules.”
But he added that he would not yet announce whether he would write to a key Conservative body to demand the prime minister’s resignation.
One person replied: “My ex-husband served under you [in the army], and during the first confinement was unable to spend time with his own daughter.
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“To see people who were the ones telling us that we couldn’t see our loved ones blatantly breaking these rules is an insult to anyone who listened, followed these rules and wasted time with loved ones that can never be recovered. .
“I am seriously losing faith in this government and its decisions now regarding Covid. “
Other Tory MPs in London shared a wide range of views unrelated to the Prime Minister’s actions.
Chelsea and Fulham MP Greg Hands tweeted about ‘Scotland’s incredible civilian nuclear past’. It was echoed by Harrow East MP Bob Blackman, who tweeted, “Net Zero needs nuclear power” about a debate in the House of Commons.
Iain Duncan Smith, Chingford and Woodford Green MP, shared an article about some scientists believing Covid has leaked from a Chinese lab.
Chris Philp, MP for Croydon South, expressed his belief that “the UK will be the world leader in setting new standards for AI”.
Meanwhile, Dr. Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon, called for a “national eye strategy”.
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Several London Tories shared Orpington MP Gareth Bacon’s joint letter to Mayor Sadiq Khan, opposing the decriminalization of cannabis.
Others have focused on more down-to-earth issues, such as Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, opposing the “desecration of trees along the railroad tracks in Romford and Hornchurch”.
And finally, Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond has raised concerns about the development proposed by the All England Lawn Tennis Club in his constituency.
Out of a sample of Labor MPs, nearly all have posted statements online calling on the Prime Minister to step down.
On Wednesday, the Prime Minister offered his “sincere apologies” to the House and to those who had not been able to see their relatives at the time.
But Labor leader Sir Kier Starmer called for Johnson’s resignation, denouncing the Prime Minister’s “ridiculous denials which he knows are not true”.
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