The local Liberal Democrats have accused Cheltenham's MP Alex Chalk of hiding after failing to respond to the Sue Gray report. The Liberal Democrats have also branded Conservative MPs defending Boris Johnson as “insulting local people’s sacrifices.”
Today, the Sue Gray report includes pictures of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak together at a birthday party. The report came with a damning line to Boris Johnson’s Government saying, “the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture.”
However, the local Conservative MP has still failed to speak publicly about the findings, whilst many other Conservative MPs have backed Boris Johnson remaining as Prime Minister despite being found guilty of breaking lockdown laws.
Max Wilkinson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Cheltenham said:
“Our area deserves an MP who will stand up for local people who abide by the law. Instead, we have a Conservative MP who is hiding away after a damning report about their law-breaking Prime Minister. Cheltenham deserves better than this.
“We have all seen the pictures but Conservative MPs backing Boris Johnson think they can take the British public for fools.
“Whilst people in Cheltenham made heartbreaking sacrifices, we know Boris Johnson’s Downing Street was the scene of raucous parties and disgraceful behaviour. It is time our Conservative MP did the decent thing and sacked Boris Johnson.
“At the next election here it will be a clear choice between Boris Johnson’s Conservative MP and the hard working local Liberal Democrats. It is time we restored decency and integrity to our politics and finally get rid of this out of touch Conservative Government.”
Responding to the Sue Gray report, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:
“This report lays bare the shocking failures of leadership by Boris Johnson and shows why he's not fit to be prime minister of our country.
“Johnson has dragged his entire government through the mud to protect his own job.
“He didn’t care while he laughed and broke the rules while the country was in lockdown. And he doesn’t care now when every household in Britain faces eye-watering costs at the petrol pumps, sky-rocketing food prices and massive energy bills.
"Any other prime minister would have been forced to resign by a report as damaging as this, yet still Conservative MPs defend the Prime Minister and allow him to cling on.”