Hounslow Conservative Leader says Boris should go

Image above: Leader of LB Hounslow’s Conservative group Cllr Peter Thompson

Leader of Hounslow ‘s Conservative group, the newly elected councillor for Chiswick Riverside ward Peter Thompson, says he thinks Boris Johnson should step down as prime minister.

In Monday night’s vote of no confidence 148 Tory MPs voted for him to go while 211 backed him.

Cllr Thompson told The Chiswick Calendar:

“Boris has got the big decisions right over the last few years – getting Brexit done, overseeing the vaccine roll out and pushing the world to support the Ukrainian people.

“There are many views in the party and among my council colleagues as to whether the Prime Minister should stay in office or go.

“My own view, for what it is worth, is that he should step down and let someone else lead the country as we face a challenging economic future.”

Last week, the Bank of England warned that the UK economy would fall into recession this year. We are seeing the biggest squeeze on household incomes since the 1950s. The combined effects of Brexit, the pandemic and the fallout from the war in Ukraine have resulted in households facing soaring interest rates while the economy is shrinking.

The sudden stop in economic activity at the beginning of 2020 caused UK GDP to plunge by almost 20% in the second quarter of 2020. The economy returned to pre-Covid levels only to be hit by high energy prices made worse by the war in Ukraine.

The Prime Minister is now being urged to cut taxes by MPs who supported him in Monday night’s vote. He is expected to give a joint speech with Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the next few days to set out their plans for boosting economic growth.

Voters “outraged” at the actions of the prime minister

Image: Ruth Cadbury MP

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth, told us on Monday night:

‘‘The Conservatives have tonight voted to keep Boris Johnson in office- despite his continued lies about the law-breaking in Downing Street.

“I’ve heard from so many people locally, including many former conservative voters, who were rightly outraged at the actions of the Prime Minister.

“After 12 years in power this divided Government has no plan to tackle the big issues facing Chiswick and London.

“Tonight was a chance for change, yet the Conservatives have decided to prop up Boris Johnson.’’


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