Wimbledon MP calls for PM to go saying he cannot defend the indefensible
Stephen Hammond MP
Stephen Hammond, the MP for Wimbledon , has become the latest Conservative MP to confirm that he has submitted a letter of no confidence in Boris Johnson.
The long-time critic of the Prime Minister broke cover this Thursday (26 May) along with three other Conservative MPs in writing to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee.
The call for the PM’s resignation came after more revelations about the standards of behaviour in Downing Street in the Sue Gray Report.
In a statement, he writes, ‘The Sue Gray Report was published yesterday. Its conclusions were damning for the Prime Minister, the Civil Service, and were critical of the activities and culture that existed in Number 10 whilst the rest of the country followed the Covid guidelines.
‘I have said consistently throughout I cannot and will not defend the indefensible.
‘I am struck by a number of my colleagues who were really concerned that it’s almost impossible for the PM to say I want to move on, as we cannot move on without regaining public trust and I am not sure that’s possible in the current situation.
‘Since 9 December I have been critical of the Prime Minister’s behaviour and the culture that existed in Number 10. All I can do as a backbencher is speak out and submit a letter.’
He told Sky News that he doubted that the Conservatives would win the next election under Johnson’s leadership.
He was joined by David Simmonds, John Baron and Julian Sturdy in submitting letters and the total of Conservative MPs who have now called for the PM to step down is around 20. An MP is not obliged to confirm publicly that he or she has submitted a letter.
A leadership election would be triggered if the number of letters reaches 54.
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May 27, 2022