Former Conservative minister Rory Stewart has delivered a damning critique of Boris Johnson’s “self curiosity” as he renewed his name to “get rid” of the PM.
Stewart, who ran towards Johnson for the Conservative management in 2019, was showing on BBC’s Query Time as he argued the troubled prime minister was stopping “British politics refreshing itself”, leaving a “large, vacant gap within the centre of British politics”.
He was challenged by GB Information presenter Tom Harwood concerning the “legendary centre of British politics”, and introduced with the suggestion “this has been a really, very centrist authorities”.
The previous worldwide improvement secretary replied: “By no means. I feel the centre of British politics is about integrity. And in the long run, the one factor that compromises every thing he does is the dearth of belief, the dearth of integrity.”
He completed: “He lurches typically to the suitable, typically to the left. However at all times within the path of his personal self curiosity.”
Harwood’s problem was prompted by Stewart saying: “One of many actual sadnesses right here is that Boris Johnson clinging on by his fingernails to No. 10 is stopping British politics refreshing itself.
“Politics is changing into actually dismal. Very, very sadly, the opposition is far, a lot better at criticising than producing any constructive insurance policies of its personal. I feel there’s a large, vacant gap within the centre of British politics for sensible, wise politics and as an alternative, we’re going into some form of weird model of Berlusconi’s Italy.
“And the rationale you can not govern is that each week there’s going to be one other scandal, one other by-election, one other parliamentary committee and each week we’re going to have this listing of ‘mays’. He could do one thing on housing, he could do one thing on tax, rehash one other press launch to attempt to get him via the week.
“Let’s do away with Boris and after we do, let’s make a greater British politics.”
A Cupboard minister beneath Theresa May, Stewart put himself ahead to turn into the social gathering chief, however fell earlier than the race was lowered to Johnson and Jeremy Hunt.
He then resigned from the Conservative Occasion a couple of months later and stated he would stand down as an MP on the December 2019 normal election. His post-Westminster life features a podcast with ex-Labour spin chief Alastair Campbell.