21 October 2022 – today’s press releases

  • Block Boris: Parliamentary motion tabled to stop Boris Johnson
  • Appointments Commission urged to give no resignation gongs to Truss

Block Boris: Parliamentary motion tabled to stop Boris Johnson

The Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion in Parliament to block Boris Johnson becoming Prime Minister again.

The motion seeks to stop MPs who were found to have broken the law while in government from becoming Prime Minister. The Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper has described Johnson as “Britain’s Berlusconi” and said he is not fit to govern Britain.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper said:

Boris Johnson is Britain’s Berlusconi. Conservative MPs are flocking to support yet another disgraced Prime Minister.

The British public will never forget the way Boris Johnson repeatedly lied to them over his Covid lawbreaking. Partygate and the subsequent cover up proved he is unfit to govern this great country.

From his illegal lockdown parties, to his Government’s unlawful failure to protect care home residents during the pandemic, Boris Johnson’s tenure as Prime Minister demonstrated that he simply has no regard for rules, or for the general public.

It is time to end this Conservative party soap opera. People’s mortgage bills are spiralling out of control and local health services are at breaking point. The country deserves better than yet more Conservative chaos and incompetence.

Appointments Commission urged to give no resignation gongs to Truss

The Liberal Democrats have said Liz Truss should be barred from handing out knighthoods, peerages and other honours when she steps down as Prime Minister.

The party’s Chief Whip, Wendy Chamberlain, is writing to the chairs of the House of Lords Appointments Commission and the Parliamentary and Political Service Committee urging them to reject what would be the second Conservative resignation honours list in a matter of months.

Every new peer appointed by the outgoing Prime Minister could receive up to £65,246 a year each in allowances and expenses, tax free, from the public purse. The party have labelled the prospect a “disgraceful waste of taxpayers’ money”.

The call comes after weeks of turmoil following the disastrous mini budget, culminating in Liz Truss’s resignation.

Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Wendy Chamberlain MP said:

Handing out more expensive gongs to Conservative allies would be a truly remarkable way to reward the shortest tenure as Prime Minister in British political history.

Truss and her Conservative colleagues have trashed our economy and left millions in misery. We are faced with the horrifying prospect that those who are selected for honours will be the very people who helped plunge the country into chaos and crisis.

Allowing Truss to dish out positions of influence, and huge handouts to boot, would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer money and show a stunning lack of humility.

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7 Comments

  • Anyone who thinks the trend begun by Labour in the 1980s to let party members choose party leaders should listen to the latest episode on the rest is history.

  • Mick Taylor 22nd Oct '22 - 8:59am

    Actually, Russell, we began giving members the vote for leader long before Labour.

  • Barry Lofty 22nd Oct '22 - 9:07am

    I totally agree with both Daisy Coopers’ and Wendy Chamberlain,s statements I just hope that common sense prevails but sadly there seems little of that commodity around these days.

  • I despair of this country and, more especially, the Tory party….In the last three months, whilst the country and Tory party have been in meltdown, that charlatan has been on umpteen ‘paid for’ holidays…The instant there is a chance for Johnson to get something for himself he’s rushing back..
    Johnson cares for nothing but himself; the moment he’s back in No.10 the sleaze and scandals will start all over again…..

    Sadly, if Johnson ‘gets on the ballot’ he’ll win..I live in a solid Tory area and every one of my neighbours I’ve spoken to would welcome him back without question..Is there ‘something’, apart from sewage, in the water supply?

  • @Mick. Oh, I didn’t know that. Thanks. Still a disaster for the country. Imagine if we had the other Miliband, Cooper, Sunak… Brexit probably wouldn’t have happened

  • Helen Dudden 22nd Oct '22 - 10:46am

    There is a desperate need for a late Spring Clean in Westminster. Includes the House of Lords.
    The Conservative government have hot away with so much.
    Unless, there is the wanting to, more of the same.
    I suggest we look for ways to reduce bad behaviour in Westminster, I think we now see the bottom of the barrel.

  • Paul Murray 23rd Oct '22 - 8:14am

    “Parliamentary motion tabled to stop Boris Johnson”.

    Wasn’t Boris Johnson a fan of “Leave Means Leave”?

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