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Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill issues statement after vote of confidence in Prime Minister Boris Johnson



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MP for Bury St Edmunds Jo Churchill believes it is essential the country 'moves forward together' following the vote of confidence in Boris Johnson.

Conservative MPs voted in favour of the Prime Minister remaining as party leader in a secret ballot held in Westminster last night.

Party guidelines state 180 MPs would have needed to back a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson. That threshold was not met, with 211 Tory MPs voting in his favour.

MP for Bury St Edmunds Jo Churchill
MP for Bury St Edmunds Jo Churchill

Following the vote, Jo Churchill has issued a statement outlining her view.

It said: "As I have stated before, having read the Sue Gray report in full, I was appalled at the shocking culture of routine drinking and poor behaviour amongst individuals in parts of Downing Street and the Cabinet Office during the pandemic.

"People are rightly angry and upset that whilst they were observing the rules and making personal sacrifices, some of those who made the rules did not.

The MP for Bury St Edmunds believes it is important we now move forward together. Picture: Mecha Morton
The MP for Bury St Edmunds believes it is important we now move forward together. Picture: Mecha Morton

"I have made my dismay and that of my constituents clear to both the Prime Minister and his advisors, in doing this I also made it clear I expect to see culture change across government.

"The Prime Minister has made an unreserved apology and it is welcome to see the start of changes being implemented to the structure of Government, including the creation of the Office of Prime Minister. Addressing the toxic culture present across Westminster must be achieved to ensure the trust of the public, who rightly expect better and the delivery of strong government."

In her statement, She added how her focus remains delivering for Bury St Edmunds, as well as helping her constituents solve the issues of which they have spoken to her about, including the cost of living crisis.

She continued: "After last night’s vote I feel it is essential that we move forward together to achieve these aims and deliver for country."