Johnson: Dominic Grieve urges MPs to tell PM ‘time's up’
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Dominic Grieve appeared on Sky News and delivered a stinging put down of Boris Johnson by urging Conservative MPs to “stand up” against the Prime Minister and tell him “time’s up”. Mr Grieve added Mr Johnson was “mired in his own dishonesty” following a series of scandals that have engulfed Downing Street but dismissed suggestions a new leader should be Muslim following the Islamophobia accusations from Nusrat Ghani. Mr Grieve said the leader of the party should be “someone I can respect and trust” as he tore into the Prime Minister’s ailing leadership.
Speaking on Sky News, Mr Grieve discussed the latest accusations made by Nusrat Ghani where she claimed she was sacked in the 2020 reshuffle because of her Muslim faith.
Mr Grieve said: “The Prime Minister cannot provide that leadership because he is mired in his own dishonesty.”
Presenter Kay Burley wanted to know whether the UK needed a Muslim prime minister to address the issues.
But Mr Grieve replied: “I don’t think the question of whether we have a Muslim prime minister or not is relevant.
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“But many Muslims have great integrity, many Christians have great integrity, many people with no religious faith have integrity.
“So as far as I’m concerned, I would like to see the Conservative Party under the leadership of somebody who I know I respect and trust and there are plenty of such people around.
“So it would be a great pleasure for me to be able to start supporting the Conservative Party again when such a person arrives.
Ms Burley wanted to know who specifically Mr Grieve would like to lead the party and pointed toward Chancellor Rishi Sunak as a potential candidate.
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He said there were many potential candidates including people who may not be in the cabinet currently.
He continued: “I am quite clear and as with my own mind… Mr Johnson is completely unfit for office and the question this week is our Conservative MPs going to have the courage to stand up for the values, which I think most of them have, and say time’s up.”
Former Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani claimed she was sacked from her role due to her Muslim faith and says she was told that reason by a government whip.
She claimed she was told that her “Muslim woman minister status was making colleagues feel uncomfortable” and “that I wasn’t loyal to the party as I didn’t do enough to defend the party against Islamophobia allegations”.
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Despite not naming anyone specifically, Conservative whip Mark Spencer believed Ms Ghani was referring to him and branded the allegations defamatory and false.
Mr Johnson has ordered a Cabinet Office inquiry into the claims following Ms Ghani’s story in the Sunday Times.
Responding to news of the inquiry, Ms Ghani said: “As I said to the prime minister last night all I want is for this to be taken seriously and for him to investigate.
“I welcome his decision to do that now. The terms of reference of the inquiry must include all that was said in Downing Street and by the Whip. I look forward to seeing the terms of reference.”
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