Senior Conservative MP ‘remaining open minded’ about future direction of party
Senior Conservative MP Julian Knight said he was “open-minded” about the future direction of the Tories.
He stopped short of calling for Boris Johnson to resign immediately and said he would consider his options following Sue Gray’s report, but he told Times Radio: “What I would say is that it will be charitable to say that partygate, if you like, is due to acts of extreme stupidity on behalf of those at No 10.”
Asked if that meant he thought the PM had been stupid, he said it applied to “anyone involved”.
Solihull MP Mr Knight said he was “very open-minded about the future direction” of the party.
When asked if that meant there was a possibility Mr Johnson would not survive the allegations, he said: “I think everyone would think that, wouldn’t they?”
Mr Knight, who is chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “I’ve had many people who aren’t normal correspondents, so they aren’t people who regularly write to me in order to say the Government is terrible, Boris is this whatever, you know, we do get quite a few correspondents of that nature.
“These are, I’d say about half of those – because I do monitor it very closely – are new correspondents and that is always a red sign on the dashboard.”