‘You Knew He Was A Wrong ‘Un’: Chris Bryant Blasts Tories For Delaying Johnson Rebellion

A Labor MP has warned that the new leadership will not restore confidence in the government as the party long ago failed to crack down on the ‘wrong’ Boris Johnson.

Chris Bryant, appearing on BBC Question Time from Torquay, Devon, blasted fellow panelist Bim Afomali, the former Conservative Party deputy leader, for not leaving office sooner.

Afolami resigned on live television last week amid a tsunami of resignations that brought down Johnson’s premiership.

But when asked if the current Tory leadership would actually put an end to the various controversies by installing a new leader, Bryant, who chairs the MPs’ Standard Committee, reeled off a laundry list of Johnson excesses and proposed that potential successors would resign and did nothing.

Bryant said: “I am absolutely shocked that they have kept this man in place for so long. What didn’t they discover ages ago?

“I mean, it wasn’t just lying to the Queen about illegally suspending Parliament. Or celebrating and then lying about it. Or trying to tear up the rule book to protect his friend Owen Paterson, who was found to be lobbying other MPs on behalf of his paying clients who gave him more than £100,000. Or the appointment of a person he considered a sex situation to a senior post in the Office of the Whips.

“I mean, what didn’t they discover in this whole process? And I say to Bim, who I like very much, I don’t know why you stayed at the post for so long.

“You knew he was a fake. You knew what he was doing to politics in this country. you knew it And yet you stayed.”

He finished: “Why on earth did all these people – and Rishi Sunak and all the others – why did they defend him?”

Afolami responded that in June Johnson asked for “a chance to rebuild trust…we gave him that chance.” He added: “The former Deputy Chief Whip (Chris Pincher) issue I thought was an example of some of the similar behavior that we had seen and so I didn’t feel like things were getting better and I thought , they did not improve. So I felt like I should step down.”

Five would-be prime ministers remain in the running to succeed Johnson: Rishi Sunak, Penny Mordaunt, Liz Truss, Kemi Badenoch and Tom Tugendhat.

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