Bishop tells Boris Johnson to stop because he ‘obviously’ lied about Partygate

The Bishop of the Church of England, Rt. Rev. Dr. Alan Wilson said the Prime Minister’s claims that he didn’t know what was going on were “nonsense” and that the country needed a leader it could trust

Boris Johnson at the Platinum Jubilee reception at the Guildhall yesterday

The Bishop of Buckingham has urged Boris Johnson to resign saying he ‘obviously’ lied about Partygate.

The Bishop of the Church of England, Rt. Rev. Dr. Alan Wilson said the Prime Minister’s claims that he didn’t know what was going on were “nonsense” and that the country needed a leader it could trust.

His intervention came on a day when Mr Johnson was booed by some in the crowd as he arrived with his wife Carrie to attend the national service of thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Tory MPs who have been pushing for the Prime Minister’s resignation following Sue Gray’s final report on lockdown violations in Whitehall appear to have decided to keep quiet during the platinum jubilee celebrations.

But when asked on Times Radio whether Mr Johnson should step down, Dr. Wilson: “The only answer is yes. I’m an army baby, and what they said in the army was you can trust anyone, but you can’t trust a liar.

“In all kinds of contexts, you have to be able to trust the people who guide you, who represent you.”







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He said the Prime Minister’s excuses – ‘oh I didn’t know I was mugged by a pie’ – were clearly nonsense and that he was ‘obviously’ a liar through and through.

“You can actually see it from a mile away, but it’s all nonsense. And most ordinary people realize that it’s all nonsense. It’s not actually the parties. It’s the lying I think that’s the problem,” said Dr. Wilson.

“I mean everyone makes mistakes. And I think people are very tolerant about that. But I think it’s very difficult to trust a liar.”

A steady stream of Conservative MPs have come forward to urge Mr Johnson to step down since Ms Gray’s report late last month exposed breaching of Covid rules in No 10 and prompted fresh claims that he was misleading Parliament guided.

Under party rules, Mr Johnson will face a vote of confidence in a secret vote if 54 Tory MPs table a letter to the 1922 Backbench Committee chairman, Sir Graham Brady, demanding one.

Allies of the Prime Minister, including Home Secretary Priti Patel, have called on the rebels to pull out and said the country would not thank them for opposing themselves at a time when people are grappling with a cost of living crisis turn yourself.

However, some observers in Westminster have predicted a challenge could come as soon as next week, with former Richmond party leader Lord Hague warning that Mr Johnson was in “real trouble”.

Even if the 54 figure is not reached in the coming week, the Tories face two difficult by-elections in Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton later in the month which could be the trigger for a new tranche of letters if defeated.

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