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“Boris Johnson has been the worst Prime Minister in living memory”: Stirling politicians react to PM resignation

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Stirling MP Alyn Smith and MSP Evelyn Tweed have responded to the news that Boris Johnson is set to resign as Conservative Party leader. 

Boris Johnson is expected to announce his resignation later today but intends to stay on as caretaker Prime Minister until a successor is appointed. 

Reacting to the forthcoming resignation, Stirling MP Alyn Smith said: “This will be welcome news to the vast majority of my constituents in the Stirling area. Boris Johnson has been, without any doubt, the worst Prime Minster in living memory.

“He has presided over a government mired in scandal, sleaze and criminality. He himself became the first Prime Minister to be prosecuted for a criminal offence whilst in 10 Downing Street.

“He has undermined his office and the UK’s standing in the world by his behaviour.

“One of the first acts of his government was to remove Scotland, with the rest of the UK, from the European Union; something the people of Stirling and Scotland rejected at the ballot box time and again, and which has caused severe damage to our country. 

“Boris Johnson now escapes accountability for his Brexit disaster, while the rest of us who remain at our posts still have to deal with the impact it is having on trade and the cost of living crisis.”

Alyn Smith MP and Evelyn Tweed MSP weigh in on Johnson resignation (Image Credit: Stirling SNP)

Boris Johnson has proposed to stay in Downing Street until a new Conservative Prime Minister is appointed. Alyn Smith MP has deemed this decision “a dangerous one”, saying: “He will undoubtedly use the position for ill and must be removed from post as soon as possible.

“This is a man who has never been fit for such office, and it’s time for the Tories who put him there to evict him.”

Evelyn Tweed, MSP for Stirling, added: “This is a long time coming and it’s good that we are hopefully about to see an end to this long running era of chaos, incompetence and lies that has surrounded Boris Johnson.

“But at a time when most people are struggling with the Tory cost of living crisis, the fact remains that Scotland deserves so much better. 

“Removing Boris Johnson will not change the simple fact that a Westminster PM does not represent the values or beliefs of most people in Scotland and that Westminster is broken. There can be no doubt that the real and permanent alternative to Westminster for Scotland is independence.”

Featured Image Credit: Daily Record / Sky News / Scottish Parliament

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