Breaking: Simon Jupp breaks his silence

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Devon Tory MP says it’s time for Boris to go

Guy Henderson www.devonlive.com 

East Devon Conservative MP Simon Jupp has called on Boris Johnson’s to resign on a day of chaos for the Prime Minister. He said he no longer had confidence in Mr Johnson and called on him to “do the decent thing and resign”.

By 2pm, nineteen Ministers and Government figures had resigned over the PM’s handling of the Chris Pincher affair. Some said it was just the latest in a series of misjudgements which had led them to question their faith in him.

This afternoon Mr Johnson faced his critics during a stormy Prime Minister’s Questions session in the Commons. The Prime Minister had apologised for appointing MP Chris Pincher to a government role after being told about a misconduct complaint, which Mr Pincher denies.

The Pincher problem heaped more pressure on a Prime Minister already reeling from “Partygate” and other issues during his time in office. North Devon Tory MP Selaine Saxby was among those to resign.

In an open letter to his East Devon constituents he wrote: “I wish to inform the people I am proud to represent that I no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister.

“Boris Johnson has faced many challenges. He has demonstrated admirable leadership on the international stage to support Ukraine. He went above and beyond to protect jobs at the height of the pandemic.

“However, too many of the challenges faced by the Prime Minister are a result of self-inflicted wounds. Leaders must demonstrate integrity, honesty, and set a high standard that we can all be proud of. The current situation is a grotesque distraction from the many challenges we face as a nation. I cannot tolerate this any longer and my constituents in East Devon expect better.

“I order to restore trust in the highest office of the land, the Prime Minister must do the decent thing and resign. If he does not, colleagues and I must consider how we can bring about a change in leadership at the earliest opportunity.

“It is the honour of my life to serve as the Member of Parliament for East Devon. I will never take that for granted.”