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‘In the name of God, go’: Senior Tory MP tells Boris Johnson to resign during PMQs

The former Brexit secretary told the prime minister: “You are sat there too long for the good you have done. In the name of god go.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a call to resign from his own benches at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) today.

Tory MP David Davis told Johnson: “You are sat there too long for the good you have done. In the name of God, go.”

Former Brexit secretary Davis highlighted an interview given by Johnson yesterday, where he said he had not been told a Downing Street party was against the rules.

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He said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday he did the opposite of that.”

News broke minutes before Johnson arrived in the house that Christian Wakeford, the Tory MP for red wall seat Bury South, had defected to the Labour party.

Arriving to deafening jeers, Johnson said it was not time for him to resign, and called for Lib Dem MP Wendy Chamberlain to “contain her impatience” ahead of Sue Gray’s report.

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Labour leader Keir Starmer began by welcoming Wakeford – who wore a Union Jack face mask to the chamber – to the Labour party, and joked that a shout of “Prime Minister” had been directed at him.

“Bury South is now a Labour seat, Prime Minister,” said Starmer, who also added: “At least the staff in Number 10 know how to pack a suitcase.”

Johnson, facing an increasing threat to his leadership after more Partygate revelations, said the country would have remained in lockdown longer if Starmer had been in charge during the pandemic.

The news of Wakeford joining the Labour party broke minutes before PMQs, with Starmer saying: “As Christian said, the policies of the Conservative government are doing nothing to help the people of Bury South and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse.”

It can be hard to keep on top of all of the revelations, what with there being so many, so here’s a list of them – or the ones we know about anyway.

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