Tory MP quits government job over ‘toxic’ party culture in Number 10

A Tory MP has quit his government post because of the ‘deep mistrust’ voters now have of the Conservative Party following the partygate scandal.

Paul Holmes, the MP for Eastleigh, was a ministerial aide to Home Secretary Priti Patel.

In a statement on her website on Friday after Sue Gray’s report was released earlier this week, Holmes said it was “disappointing” that her work as a constituency MP had been “tarnished by the toxic culture” in number 10.

Holmes did not call on Boris Johnson to step down, but told voters: ‘Like most of you, I was shocked and angered by the revelations when so many people across Eastleigh followed the rules and sacrificed so much of things in the need to stop the spread of the virus.

“The revelations in Sue Gray’s report that staff and cleaners were not treated properly are both disappointing and unacceptable.

“It is right that the Prime Minister has apologized to the staff. This clearly showed a culture in #10 that was in bad taste.

“It is clear to me that a deep distrust of the government and the Conservative Party has been created by these events, something that hurts me personally as someone who always tries to represent Eastleigh and its people with integrity. .”

He added: “That is why I have now resigned from my government responsibilities as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Office.”

Since the release of Gray’s report on Wednesday, four MPs have called on Johnson to resign.

Several others had already called for his resignation. It takes 54 Tory MPs to trigger a vote of no confidence against Johnson.

Speaking today in Stockton-on-Tees, Johnson said he was confident he had enough support to survive and had already given ‘exhaustive answers’ on partygate.

“What I also said is that we want to focus on creating jobs, stimulating investment in this country,” he said.

“What we’re doing today is we’re talking about getting people off welfare and into work, and we can see that.”

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