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Rutland's Conservative MP Alicia Kearns condemns prime minister Boris Johnson following findings of Sue Gray's report

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Rutland's Conservative MP says she does not have confidence in the prime minister following the findings of Sue Gray's report.

Alicia Kearns MP has condemned Boris Johnson's account to Parliament of lockdown parties as "misleading".

Mrs Kearns, who was elected in 2019, previously spoke out against 'partygate' and earlier this year was rumoured to be among backbenchers plotting to oust the prime minister.

Alicia Kearns MP
Alicia Kearns MP

In a statement on social media yesterday (May 27) she said the prime minister was 'complicit' in holding goodbye parties for his staff at No 10 Downing Street at a time when "families were banned from saying goodbye to their dying loved ones".

She described the parties as complete with vomiting, fighting and bullying.

"To say we just need to 'move on' is to treat with contempt and disregard the sacrifices of the people of Rutland and Melton, and our entire country," Mrs Kearns said. "All of us suffered, and many endured deep losses and heartbreak.

"I can only conclude that the prime minister's account of events to Parliament was misleading.

"If he did not know about the culture of parties, then this is because he failed to ask the questions necessary, or has chosen not to since last October.

"Those around him clearly did not advise a policy of being honest and transparent with the British people."

She also addressed the distrust many people are feeling towards the Government and Conservative party.

"It has made good, hard-working and law-abiding Conservatives feel ashamed and has been a complete distraction from the many challenges we should be focused on at this difficult time," Mrs Kearns said.

"There are broader issues with the culture that breeds under this regime in Parliament, from the shameful lengths some will pursue to preserve this premiership, to some of the individuals and actions permitted to continue under it.

"My position remains unchanged since January, and the prime minister continues not to hold my confidence."

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