Tory Whip Julian Smith is under huge and growing pressure to resign – or be sacked – for pressuring Tory MPs to break their ‘pairing’ promise to absent MPs by voting in this week’s tight vote on Theresa May’s customs plan. Party Chair Brandon Lewis – the front-man for the Tories’ ‘respect pledge’ and the only MP without the morals to refuse the demand – is also facing calls to go.
But Smith’s allies have come up with what they think is an adequate reason to excuse his unprincipled actions. Labour MP Lyn Brown explained on social media:
So it’s ok, according to Smith’s mates, to break a ‘sacrosanct’ promise – just not to MPs on maternity leave.
What an insight into Tory minds.
The Tories have shown absolute readiness to break every protocol in their attempts to cling to power – but breaking such a promise in an essential system that absolutely depends on trust among MPs is a new low.
All to protect a PM who is clearly so far out of her depth she can’t even see the bottom – and whose position becomes even more untenable with every second that passes without Smith’s removal.
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