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Welsh Secretary urges Conservative membership to accept Boris Johnson is going ‘voluntarily’

23 Jul 2022 2 minute read
Westminster Government Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Picture by Annika Haas (CC BY 2.0). Robert Buckland.

The new Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland has urged the Conservative membership to accept that Boris Johnson is standing down after thousands signed a petition calling on the Prime Minister to stay on.

The petition by Lord Cruddas, a major Tory party donor and treasurer, threatens to split the party apart as members refuse to accept Tory MPs decision to oust Boris Johnson from the post.

Lord Cruddas has written an article in the Daily Mail this morning saying that ousting Boris Johnson “amounts to a coup” and said that he expects that party members will vote to decide that his resignation “will be revoked and Boris will continue in No 10″.

However, the Welsh Secretary, who joined the cabinet on the understanding that Boris Johnson was stepping down, said that Conservative party members should now move on.

“The Prime Minister has stood down voluntarily. He is not playing any part in this leadership contest. He is not a candidate,” he told the Telegraph.

“The focus now is on bringing the party together and winning the next election under a new leader.”

‘Contempt’

But Lord Cruddas’ article in the Daily Mail threatens to open a populist rift in the party, with a narrative that Boris Johnson had been betrayed by MPs.

He also said that he was willing to put £500,000 that he had planned to donate to the Conservative party into the battle to keep Boris Johnson.

“He had been party leader for just five months, after nearly two-thirds of the 160,000 membership backed him over ex-health secretary Jeremy Hunt,” he wrote.

“That is the most emphatic mandate possible. It is disgusting that a cabal of 30 to 40 plotters in Westminster can overturn it.

“The contempt this shows for ordinary Conservative members appals me.

“Now the 1922 Committee is orchestrating the leadership battle between Sunak and Truss. That reeks of corruption. The very backbenchers who forced Boris out now oversee the election of his successor.”


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Jason
Jason
20 days ago

Simply an attempt at smoke and mirrors campaigning. Johnson is NOT standing down he has been politically ”assassinated” by the Conservative Parliamentary Party. Truth is truth.

Philip Jones
Philip Jones
20 days ago

Fighting like rats in a sack. Great to watch the Tories tearing their party apart.
Bit like Plaid at the moment….

I Humphrys
I Humphrys
20 days ago
Reply to  Philip Jones

Explain.

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
20 days ago

So..The Welsh Secretary wants the membership of the Tories to believe something that is categorically untrue? Even though Boris (its not even his real name ffs) Johnson, himself has said he isn’t leaving as he would want? He should put it on the side of a bus then, shouldn’t he? …but also this: The Privileges Committee wants Johnson to be under oath when he talks to them as part of their investigation. UNDER OATH! That means if he lies he would be liable for prosecution. Even Johnson, even that rancid, power-hungry, fascist monster knows that that is some very serious… Read more »

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
20 days ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

Is it new though? Everything the Tory Teabaggers have said to the membership has been lies. This is just the most recent. Still the leader of the UK Teabag party, Vladimir Putin, will be pleased about the chaos.

I Humphrys
I Humphrys
20 days ago

VP too busy to bother with the Septic Isle.

Last edited 20 days ago by I Humphrys
One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
20 days ago

So parliamentary convention is the latest thing to fall under the wheels of the corrupt populist juggernaut? International law? Broken. Domestic law? Broken. Laws protecting devolution? Crushed. Human rights law? Shattered.
This rampage of ego needs to end. Standing by and letting the hate monkeys tucker themselves out may not be an option going forward.
But quite honestly it’s pathetic that the Johnsonite cabal seem to be herding the hate monkey horde towards copying the Jan 6 Trumpite insurrection.

Last edited 20 days ago by One of the two witnesses
The Original Mark
The Original Mark
20 days ago

Ha ha ha ha ha, yep, up is down, black is white, welcome to the tory la la land,
please make them disappear.

edit; Not expecting much benefit for Wales, with this clown as Welsh Secretary.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
20 days ago

Such a messy divorce…it is bound to go Depp vs Heard…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
20 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Heard had her bruise kit, Boris his faulty PPE.

Andrew
Andrew
20 days ago

The captain’s of the savagely criminal vessels during the, ‘golden age of piracy ‘, displayed more democracy than this rabble. The captain’s authority was only granted on the discretion of the crew and could be withdrawn after a parle. Hence the term, parliament. These modern day privateers are no longer concerned about what their crew want. Keelhauling could make all the difference.If only.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
20 days ago

I can’t believe he used the word ‘corruption’.

Alan Jones
Alan Jones
20 days ago

Leaving aside all the corruption, lies & shear greed that is the Tory parliamentary party, what is becoming ever more apparent on a monthly/weekly/daily & even at times an hourly basis, are the deep cracks & divisions appearing within the party membership ( ref. correspondence to the Tory msm etc). This includes those of the extreme far right/ fascist element, kippers etc who howl for more of the same to those who are starting to gradually realise they’ve been sold a pup & quietly asking for moderation with a view to making their partly electable at the next GE. Surely… Read more »

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
20 days ago

Boris Johnson going voluntarily lol. Robert Buckland you are a card. I’ve never known someone to leave nail & bite marks on doors and surfaces.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
19 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Just a thought for those of us not in the Tory Party. Should we now be calling Mr Johnson “the disgraced former Prime Minister”? It strikes me as very important that the adjective is always included so that we get it into the public discourse that he was not a success in that post.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
19 days ago

Mrs Sunak takes selfie with Maggie’s statue…vomit making, while Rishi promises to cap immigrant numbers…just to endear himself to Britain’s racists, equally vomit making…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
19 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Do take a peek at the front page of the Sunday Telegraph to see action man airfix soldier Fat Shanks Johnson frozen in action pose throwing grenade…FFS a five year old has more self-awareness…vomit making

Vyvyan
Vyvyan
19 days ago

“The contempt this shows for the U.K. appals me”

FTFY

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