Bobby writes to local Tory MP to back his call for Boris to go

26 Jan 2022

Following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s evasive performance at Prime Minister Question’s earlier today, Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Bobby Dean has written to Carshalton & Wallington’s Conservative MP urging him to join the calls on the Prime Minister to resign.

The text of the full letter is below:

Dear Elliot Colburn MP

Following PMQs earlier today, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave an empty and evasive apology for hosting a party at the height of lockdown, I am now urging you to join in the calls on the Prime Minister to resign.

There have been many recent allegations made about Government representatives and officials breaking the rules during the pandemic, but none so clear cut as the occasion on 20th May 2020.

We have seen the invite to a hundred people, at a time we were told we could only meet one person outside. We know it happened on the Prime Minister’s premises, that his own private secretary organised it, and that he attended it. We do not need an independent investigation to tell us if the Prime Minister knew it was a party. 

At this moment in the pandemic, the nation remained frightened of the virus. The death toll was climbing. Pubs and many shops were closed. The rule of six wasn’t even introduced for another month. But it gets worse than that.

Shortly after this party, my sister-in-law lay in the hospital alone after having her first baby, her partner sent away after a few brief moments together in order to keep them safe. Local residents were deprived of precious final moments with family and loved ones and were forced to attend funerals via Zoom. 

How, especially at this moment in the pandemic, the Prime Minister thought it appropriate for a bring your own booze bash in his back garden is totally beyond every reasonable person I know. The fact he went on to deceive the public and Parliament about it, only makes it worse.

If this was a one-off mistake, perhaps there would be more public sympathy. But I’m afraid this is only the latest incident in a long line of evidence that this Prime Minister and his Government believes that there are rules for them and rules for us - and he will lie, obfuscate and gaslight the nation if anyone accuses him of doing wrong.

I recognise that you will owe some loyalty to the Prime Minister. You were first elected with him as a leader and you have voted in line with his orders on almost every occasion. I also note with interest that your social media presence almost entirely ignores major national debates.

However, as Carshalton & Wallington’s representative in Westminster, it is incumbent on you to take a stand on what is morally right.

It is quite clearly time for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign. I urge you to demonstrate that you will stand up for the people of Carshalton and Wallington, who have sacrificed so much during this pandemic, and join me in this resignation call.

Yours sincerely,

Bobby Dean

Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Carshalton & Wallington

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