Bromley MP Sir Bob Neill says Boris Johnson must leave No 10 now

The MP for Bromley and Chislehurst has called Boris Johnson ‘deplorable’ and ’embarrassing’ as he calls on the Prime Minister to leave No10 immediately.

Sir Bob Neill, chairman of the Justice Select Committee, is calling on Boris Johnson to step down now and not continue as caretaker prime minister until the autumn.

He believes Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab should take over as the party searches for a permanent replacement as soon as possible.

Sir Neill told the News Shopper: ‘I am delighted that Boris is apparently about to leave, but it is quite unfortunate that he had to be dragged out the door kicking and screaming.

“The way he clings to power is embarrassing to himself, the party and the country.

“We have a deputy prime minister for a reason and he should take over.

“Boris needs to get his sword down fast – it’s a real risk if he doesn’t.”

Sir Neill wrote a letter of censure to the Prime Minister after Sue Gray’s report on the party gate was published, and he has submitted a new one since Chris Pincher’s recent allegations.

He said: “I’ve been of the opinion that Boris should be gone for some time now.

“Maybe some people were hoping there might be a change in behavior after the party gate, but it’s pretty clear the prime minister couldn’t change.”

There have now been more than 50 government resignations, and Sir Neill fears that this chaos is undermining the real issues facing the people of Bromley.

He added: “We have real issues facing people in Britain and Bromley, such as the railway strikes, which we need to focus on – not that.

“We need a complete overhaul to restore the reputation of the party.

“Change needs to happen as soon as possible.

“There’s no need for an immediate general election, but we need a government more broadly based on the whole party – not just a cabinet of political allies.

“I’m not campaigning for any particular person to replace the prime minister, but I think there are a number of credible ministers who could do that, and then we can get back to dealing with the issues that matter. ”

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