Michael Fabricant defends Downing Street over latest party
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Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield, said the broadcaster’s “relentless” coverage formed part of an attempt to oust Boris Johnson. He claimed that “far fewer” people were calling for Mr Johnson’s resignation than “most campaigns”. Writing on Twitter this morning, the MP said: “BBC Radio 4 Bulletin leads this morning with a manufactured story of what some MPs have said to the BBC.
“This is not news reporting an event.
“This relentless news creation is a coup attempt against the Prime Minister.”
Previously, he tweeted: “I have had 31 identical emails from different people calling for Boris to resign and about 20 more from constituents with the same call but in their own words.
“Far fewer than most campaigns and that’s out of 76,000+ voters.
“Nevertheless I read all letters/emails carefully.”
The BBC has quoted multiple Tories calling for Mr Johnson’s resignation, including William Wragg, Caroline Nokes and Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross.
The MP also hit out at “the London Remain classes” for their dislike of Mr Johnson, saying: “Just been on LBC.
“The visceral loathing of #Boris from the London Remain classes is breathtaking.”
Former Downing Street Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell hit out at Mr Fabricant’s comments, calling it “dangerous”.
Reacting on Twitter, he said: “The absolute state of British politics at the moment: here is an MP suggesting an attempted coup is underway in this country at the moment led by the media.
“If it wasn’t so dangerous it would be laughable.”
Mr Fabricant’s comments come as the Prime Minister faces increasing calls to resign in light of further revelations about parties held at Downing Street during lockdown.
Last week, it was revealed that Downing Street staff were invited to a BYOB drinks party in the Number 10 garden – during the height of lockdown in May 2020 – to “make the most of the lovely weather”.
Meanwhile, the Telegraph reported that two separate leaving drinks were held in No10 on April 16 last year, the night before the Queen was forced to sit alone at Prince Philip’s funeral as a result of strict Covid rules.
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The latest poll from Savanta ComRes published earlier this week, which interviewed 1,040 UK adults on January 11 2022, showed that two-thirds (66 percent) of adults think that Boris Johnson should resign following the scandal.
This is an increase of 12 percent since their last poll at Christmas.
The polling showed 42 pecent of 2019 Tory voters agreeing that Mr Johnson should resign.
He has also faced calls to resign from four Tory MPs and Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross.
Mr Fabricant has recently been vocal in his defence of the Prime Minister, saying that the “context” of Downing Street rule-breaking is different from other UK workplaces.
Speaking on BBC News, the Lichfield MP added: “Boris and others felt sorry for people who are working long, long hours and they were simply spilling out from their own offices into a secure garden, which is an integral part of number 10 Downing Street.
“And you know what? I’d rather have a Prime Minister who felt for his staff and all those hard-working people than some cold fish who really couldn’t care a toss about them.”
The BBC has been contacted for comment.
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