Conservative MP Coutinho urged to vote for Boris Johnson censure motion

18 Jun 2023

Liberal Democrat candidate for East Surrey has called on local Conservative MP Claire Coutinho to vote for a motion in Parliament next week to censure Boris Johnson.

It comes after the Privileges Committee recommended Boris Johnson is suspended for 90 days for “deliberately misleading” Parliament over partygate.

The Liberal Democrats said voting against the motion would be “an insult to bereaved families who grieved alone while Boris Johnson partied.” The vote to approve the Privileges Committee’s recommendations is expected in Parliament on Monday 19 June.

Liberal Democrat candidate Claire Malcolmson for East Surrey commented:

“This report is completely unprecedented. Never before has a former British Prime Minister been found to have lied to Parliament and treated the public with such contempt.

“Claire Couthino needs to examine her conscience and confirm she will vote to censure Boris Johnson. Anything less would be an insult to bereaved families in East Surrey who grieved alone while Boris Johnson lied and partied.

“The Conservative Party is now in a full blown civil war, while people struggle to afford to pay their mortgage or get a GP appointment. It’s time that Conservative MPs stopped fighting among themselves and focused on tackling the problems facing the country, from the NHS crisis to the cost of living.”

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