Tory MP Christian Wakeford has defected to the Labour Party, claiming the UK government is “out of touch”
Christian Wakeford, the MP for Bury South, condemned Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership on Wednesday as he announced he was defecting from the Conservative Party to the opposition Labour Party.
“I have concluded that the policies of the Conservative government that you lead are doing nothing to help the people of my constituency and indeed are only making the struggles they face on a daily basis worse,”Wakeford wrote the following letter to the prime Minister
In a direct attack on Johnson, who is fighting for survival amid the ongoing ‘Partygate’ row, Wakeford accused him of being “incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves.”
I cannot support any government which has consistently shown it is out of touch to the hard-working Bury South residents and the whole country.
Wakeford, who won his seat in 2019, was one of the so-called ‘Red Wall’ Tories who helped Johnson secure a sizeable majority at the last election.
Welcoming Wakeford to Labour, the party’s leader Sir Keir Starmer stated that he was “delighted”at his defection as he attempts to “build a new Britain which guarantees security, prosperity and respect for all.”
The defection came moments before Johnson appeared in the House of Commons for the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session.
Johnson has been struggling to retain the support of his own MPs amid a controversy that has become known as ‘Partygate’. British media outlets have reported a variety of allegations that Johnson was involved in Downing Street’s lockdown while they were being enforced.
Johnson made an apology to Parliament on Wednesday. He stated that he would. “take responsibility”You are invited to a Downing Street garden party during the lockdown in May 2020.
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