BBCQT branded an ‘anti-Boris pile-on’ after even senior Tory panellist turns on his leader

Stephen Kerr says PM ‘should resign’

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BBC Question Time was criticised as biased after even the single Tory panellist turned on Boris Johnson at the start of the programme. Opening the debate show, Stephen Kerr – the Conservative chief whip at Holyrood – called on the Prime Minister to resign. Later on, not a single member of the St. Andrews audience raised the hand when host Fiona Bruce asked whether anyone “wanted to speak up for Boris Johnson”.

Ms Bruce was keen to stress there were audience members in the crowd who voted Conservative in the 2019 general election.

One viewer @albundysdad tweeted: “A whole studio devoted to an anti-Boris pile on. Question Time and the BBC sink to an all-time low.

“This has become an attempt to bring down the government by the BBC.”

Another BBC viewer @666Oldcodger responded to Mr Kerr’s remarks by claiming the audience were “clearly not a true representation”.

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In his opening remarks, Mr Kerr reiterated Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross’ view that Mr Johnson should resign.

He said: “It’s a difficult thing, as a life-long Conservative, to sit here and say the leader of my party at the UK level should resign, but that is exactly what I am saying tonight.

“Our party leader in Scotland – Douglas Ross – is right because there need to be standards in public life.

“People elected to public office have a responsibility to lead by example.

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“Rather tragically, in the case of our PM that has not been the case.

“Sajid Javid said these parties at Downing Street have damaged our democracy and I think that’s right.

“In due course, the Prime Minister will be confronted with a vote of confidence, and I think from then on there’s an inevitability to the fact that he’ll leave office”


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The remarks from the MSP come as relations between the UK and Scottish Conservative parties hit a new low.

In Westminster, Mr Johnson is attempting to see off plots to oust him as Prime Minister following ‘partygate’.

Tory MPs suggest their inboxes have been filled with criticisms of Mr Johnson’s conduct while support for the Conservative Party has plummeted in the opinion polls.

However, following Mr Johnson’s performance at Wednesday’s PMQs, some MPs are reported to have withdrawn their letters of no-confidence from Sir Graham Brady.

Other Tory MPs have gone on the record to voice their support for Mr Johnson.

Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith, 41, told “I do think the current situation has been turned into a hatchet job by some, and many opponents of the Prime Minister see it as an opportunity to do what they’ve been unable to at the ballot box.”

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