Steve Baker slammed by Lord Marland over Boris stance
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Lord Marland discussed the current backlash that the Conservative party was facing with radio host Tom Swarbrick. Mr Johnson has been causing an uproar in Parliament over his role in the Partygate scandal. Lord Marland defended Mr Johnson and slammed Tory MP Steve Barker for wanting Boris gone. The Tory peer claimed that this would be the second British Prime Minister that Mr Baker had tried to get rid of.
Mr Swarbrick said: “Lord Jonathan Marland is a Conservative peer and former minister.
“He was part of the team behind Boris Johnson’s successful 2008 London mayoral campaign.
“Thank you for coming on the program Lord Marland, does anything get better from here for the PM?”
Lord Marland told LBC: “It seems to go from bad to worse and from worse to bad, and backwards and forwards.
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Lord Marland added: “I mean I’m slightly in despair at these MPs from the Conservative party, who stand up on their hind legs and pontificate.
“The fact is this a moment of international crisis, this is a moment of national crisis.
“And these guys need to be careful what they wish for, Steve Baker as you said yourself has already got rid of one Prime Minister.
“So he’s now trying to get rid of a second, I mean who on earth does he think he is!”
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Mr Swarbrick said: “Well he’s an elected member of Parliament.”
Lord Marland said: “Well he’s an elected member of Parliament who for a short time was a minister, but has spent most of his time being disruptive and complaining.”
Mr Swarbrick added: “Well, he’s allowed to criticise that’s part of a functioning democracy.”
LordMarland said: “Well, of course, he’s allowed to criticise, but he does it quite regularly and he seems to do it with relish.
“As he said today I’ve got rid of one Prime Minister probably it’s time another went.”
Many MPs are upset over Mr Johnson’s rule breaks during the lockdowns of 2020, which he has now been fined for, after an investigation by the MET police.
Addressing MPs in the Commons, following the Easter break, Boris Johnson said: “I take this opportunity on the first available sitting day to repeat my wholehearted apology to the House (of Commons).
“As soon as I received the notice, I acknowledged the hurt and the anger, and I said that people had a right to expect better of their Prime Minister.
“It did not occur to me then, or subsequently, that a gathering in the Cabinet Room just before a vital meeting on COVID strategy could amount to a breach of the rules. I repeat that was my mistake, and I apologise for it, unreservedly.”
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