Douglas Ross is 'quite a lightweight figure' says Rees-Mogg
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Baroness Davidson said the Partygate row Mr Johnson is at the centre of shows he is “unfit for office”. The former Scottish Conservative leader also confirmed that if she was an MP she would have already submitted her letter of no confidence to the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers.
Baroness Davidson told The Times there is no “deep-rooted hatred” between them, but added: “I didn’t support him for the leadership and I believe what has been exposed to have happened in the last few weeks shows that he’s unfit for office but, I mean, he’s perfectly convivial company.”
She claimed that as well as anger over allegations of rule-breaking parties in Downing Street during Covid restrictions, Tories are tired of the “drama” coming from Number 10.
Baroness Davidson said: “I think one of the reasons that the Prime Minister is in such a perilous situation is not just because of the apparent rule-breaking, although that is a big part of it, but because there is a fatigue even within the party and certainly by my MP colleagues for the drama that has been emanating from Number 10.”
The Tory peer was a vocal opponent of Mr Johnson’s leadership bid, as well as being against Brexit.
She took her seat in the House of Lords last year after stepping down at Holyrood.
The Prime Minister has faced an open revolt north of the border over the Partygate scandal.
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross – along with most of his MSPs – have publicly called on him to quit.
Tensions were further stoked when Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg called Mr Ross a “lightweight” in response to his stand against Mr Johnson.
Speaking on Wednesday, the Scottish Tory leader said a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister is “closer and closer”.
A vote can be triggered if 15 percent of Conservative MPs – which would mean 54 currently – write to the chairman of the 1922 Committee.
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Mr Ross said: “I think what we’ve seen over the last few days is more and more MPs publicly saying they take a similar position to me that regretfully they’ve reached this conclusion.
“And there’s a feeling that we’re getting closer and closer to the 54 number of letters required to go into the 1922 Committee.
“Which suggests that there are far more than those of us who have publicly stated our position that are unhappy with the current Prime Minister and his position leading the Conservative Party.”
But he admitted it was a “rollercoaster ride” as some MPs were withdrawing their letters to Sir Graham Brady.
Asked how near the rebels are to the threshold, Mr Ross said: “I think it is near, but while members can submit letters they can also withdraw their letters.
“And I know there is a significant operation going on by the whips at the moment encouraging colleagues who may have submitted a letter to withdraw it again.
“So I do think we’re on a bit of a rollercoaster ride. It’s going up and down.
“But I think most people believe we are getting closer to the 54 number than further away.”
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