Damien Moore has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.
Mr Moore said that he believes that Southport constituents are “rightly uncomfortable” with the leadership of the Conservative party.
The Southport MP also publicly revealed for the first time that he voted against the Prime Minister in last month’s confidence vote, which Mr Johnson won.
Boris Johnson faces new pressure over his handling of Conservative MP Chris Pincher, who allegedly groped two men at a function at the end of June this year.
Mr Pincher voluntarily referred himself to the Conservative Party’s complaints procedure and the police following allegations of sexual assault in 2017.
The Carlton Club, where the alleged assault in June conducted by Mr Pincher supposedly took place, gave a £5,000 donation to Mr Moore in April, and a £2,500 donation in February 2020.
At the time of writing, there have been 21 ministerial resignations from Mr Johnson’s government.
In a statement released today, Damien Moore said: “Last month, I voted no confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister. When he won the confidence vote, I accepted the need to give him time to attempt to build back the trust he had lost with the British people and the Conservative Party.
“However, it is clear to me and to many of my parliamentary colleagues from the way in which a number of issues have since been handled that nothing has been learnt from past mistakes, and I
have sadly concluded that neither does there seem to have been an intention to do so. The Prime Minister must resign.
“This has not been an easy decision to make, as it was under the Prime Minister’s leadership that we won our majority in 2019, got Brexit done, and unrolled one of the fastest and most effective Covid vaccine roll outs in the world.
“I am in constant communication with my constituents over telephone, email, letter, and of course in person out and about in Southport. I know from my conversations with them that a clear majority
are still aligned with what we Conservatives stand for. However, they are rightly uncomfortable with the current leadership of the party. I will do what I can to put this right.
“I remain, as always, dedicated to serving my constituents and the people of Southport