Senior Tory MP warns against driving Boris out of party
MPs who pursued Boris Johnson over Partygate have been likened to members of a “Soviet Union-style Kremlin” by grassroots Conservative Party members who are outraged by the findings against the former Prime Minister.
Contacting the Conservative Post editor and chief executive of the grassroots Conservative Democratic Organisation (CDO) Claire Bullivant, Conservative Party members from around the UK have concluded the attack on Mr Johnson is part of a plot to reverse Brexit.
They have likened the establisment as acting in the manner of a “Stalinist state” and demanded the committee findings are dropped.
The CDO was founded in the wake of MPs deposing Boris Johnson and then Liz Truss before installing Rishi Sunak without seeking approaval from party members.
Paul Briscoe, a Conservative Party member, said: “Cancel culture reaches Parliament. This decision is nothing to do with parties, lockdown, Covid or the truth.
“It is one bunch of politicians trying to silence another politician because they don’t like what he says!
“The fact that said politician was reflecting the views of over 17 million people begs the question what will Parliament now do to cancel the views of the people of this nation!”
Michael Northcroft Brown, an East London member since 1979, said: “For too long those who wanted Brexit have been frustrated and talked down to.
“I am appalled by the behaviour and partisanship of Privileges Committee.
“Operating as a Court of Law ignoring the very precepts of the Court System. It’s a very sad day to see our great Parliamentary System used in such a mean minded way.
“I ask all democrats to stand up and articulate how wrong this is. A democratically elected Prime Minister forced out of Office and then from the Commons. Banned from the Parliamentary Estate.
“Conservative MPs and Conservative senior figures who have done this and fed this are a disgrace to everything democrats hold dear. We have been sleepwalking – now we awake!”
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Questions were asked why Harriet Harman could be allowed to chair the committee having made allegedly prejudicial statements before and how Tory MP Sir Bernard Jenkin could be involved when he was also facing accusations of breaking lockdown rules.
One party member said: “It is beyond belief that Harriet Harman and Bernard Jenkin did not recuse themselves, as they clearly should have done.
“As for suggesting that no one should be allowed to question the committee!
“I did not realise we were living in a Stalinist state. What happened to freedom of speech?”
Meanwhile, Scott Richardson, deputy chairman of the West region for the CDO, said: “It really does not now matter if you are pro-Boris or not, this privileges committee has really shown itself up to be a ‘kangaroo court’.
“We cannot have such hypocritical panels using this as power to get rid of political opponents. We cannot let this become a precedent.
“Now is the time we have to Back Boris, to back democracy.”
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Melissa, a member from the West of England, added: “A vindictive and overreaching conclusion of a 90 day suspension, purely on the basis that the committee’s interpretation of covid rules differed from the Met Police’s interpretation, wreaks of the intention to destroy Boris Johnson’s political career.”
Stephen James, the chairman of the Folkestone and Hythe constituency party, said he was “astonished by the bitterness, vindictiveness, and an alarming level of exaggeration” in the report.
He said: “I have been inundated with concerns from my members and supporters who rightly question the excessive powers wielded by a clandestine Labour-led committee in matters that should be decided by voters during elections, posing a grave threat to democracy as a whole.
“The very foundation of the rule of law in our country is at stake.”
Mark Rouse, a CDO field director, warned that it would have an impact on party members supporting the current leadership.
He said: “Over the last few days, we have been contacted by numerous party members and supporters who are deeply concerned about the implications for democracy as a whole, and they are rightly wondering how a behind-the-scenes committee can have such dominant powers on areas of accountability that are supposed to be the exclusive domain of voters at election.”
David Powder, a Young Conservative member from Chipping Barnet, said: “This kangaroo court has ignored the principle that someone shall be judged blind, for the crime of being an election winner and being one of the few MPs who have personality he has been found guilty.
“It is a sham, and only acts as more evidence to the fact that the current crop of MPs are no longer fit to serve.
“Only in a banana republic would a trial like this take place. It is a show trial that holds no water and the leading members of the conservative party should be fighting tooth and nail for the Prime Minister that won them an 80 seat majority and yet they only want to push the knife further into his back.
“The same knife they used to stab him in the back to begin with.”
Rachael Pennell another member, said: “Most of us are not legally trained; most of us believe in the rule of law, innocent until proven guilty and free and fair democracy.
“Over the past few months, we’ve witnessed the political persecution of an MP the likes of which the Soviet Kremlin would be proud. MP’s on both sides of the House ought to now do their civic duty and condemn both the conduct and the conclusions of this committee.”
Joshua Ellis, a London member, added: “Tory MPs would do well to remember that this was the man that defeated Jeremy Corbyn, that gained an 80 seat majority, the largest since Margaret Thatcher, and also managed to break the Brexit impasse and deliver on the promise of the referendum.
“Not only did he re-energised Conservative party, not only had he given some hope back to the country but he had also delivered what he set out to do by delivering on the biggest mandate of the British people had given government in a lifetime.
“Now we look at how he has been treated by the House of Commons and by particularly his own so-called colleagues in the Parliamentary Conservative party. Have we learnt nothing?
“Our party suffers when we depose of our greatest leaders.
“This decision by a kangaroo court will only rally the grass roots of the Conservative party around Boris Johnson who can very clearly remember the 2019 general election to which many of these Tory MPs owe their seats to. We have and always will back Boris.”
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