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After two years of successively more brutal lockdown measures and China-virus restrictions, U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson is facing a rebellion from within his own party.
Church Militant's Nadia Hazimeh tells more about the Tories fed up with their weak leader's weak leadership.
David Davis, MP; former Brexit secretary; Conservative Party: "I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take."
Tory members of Parliament began mumbling last year when U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson announced the introduction of sweeping China-virus restrictions as the nation prepared to celebrate Christmas, with over 100 voting against their party leader — the largest Tory rebellion in history. This revolt-in-microcosm perhaps spurred a recognition the Conservative Party could do better without its haywire-haired leader.
Early in January, reports surfaced of wild parties in the prime minister's Downing Street residence, violating the prime minister's own lockdown measures. Arguably, the most damning evidence against Johnson was his own presence at a booze-fueled bash the very night before Queen Elizabeth II attended her husband's funeral — alone.
Sir Keir Starmer, leader, Labour Party: "The prime minister has been forced to hand an apology to Her Majesty, the queen. Isn't he ashamed that he didn't hand in his resignation at the same time?"
Johnson has consistently refused to take responsibility for the Downing Street soirees, even arguing he thought the liquor-loaded parties were "work events."
Nicknamed the "Cream Tea Coup," 14 Tories have openly called on Johnson to resign, with more expected to join and call for a vote of no confidence.
Davis: "I'll remind him of a quotation altogether too familiar to him of Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain: 'You have sat there too long for all the good you have done. In the name of God, go.'"
A GB News poll last month showed only 23% of U.K. voters support Johnson as prime minister — that's a lower approval rating than even mush-mouth Biden has.