Boris Johnson: Sir Bill Wiggin defends PM's position
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Speaking to Channel 4 News, senior Tory Charles Walker said Boris Johnson should consider standing down to help the country heal and recover from “a lot of grief and pain”, and that he would “applaud” Mr Johnson for doing so.
The Broxbourne MP told Channel 4 News: “I think people are angry, I think there’s a lot of grief and pain and anxiety out in the country which was natural after 20 months lockdown.
“And I do believe the Prime Minister has got many things right, vaccine boosters, coming out of lockdown in the summer, holding his nerve over Christmas and allowing us to have Christmas.
“But I think there’s so much grief and pain out there that if he was to say, ‘Look, I understand that I asked so much of the country and it needs to come to terms with that grief and pain and start the process of healing and if it could do that better without me in Number 10 then I shall stand aside’…
“That would show great courage on behalf of the Prime Minister. I would applaud him for doing that but that is his decision.”
He refused to say if he had submitted a letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister to Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee.
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