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‘I’ve had enough:’ Tory MP close to tears amid chaotic evening in Westminster

A CONSERVATIVE MP has said the UK Government is a “shambles and a disgrace” following a chaotic evening in Westminster

MPs voted against a Labour motion to ban fracking which was originally intended to act as a de-facto confidence vote in the Government. 

However, this idea was later dismissed before allegations emerged of MPs being “manhandled” into the Commons to vote. 

Speaking to BBC News after the vote, MP for Broxbourne Charles Walker said: “To be perfectly honest, this whole affair is inexcusable. 

“It is just, it is a pitiful reflection on the Conservative Parliamentary party at every level and it reflects really badly obviously on the government of the day.”

Walker’s interview came following a tumultuous evening which saw the resignation of Suella Braverman as home secretary.

She was replaced by Grant Shapps before the Conservative Party’s chief whip Wendy Morton left her post. 

Walker was asked if the current government could come back from this. He said: “I don’t think so but I have to say I’ve been of that view really since two weeks ago. 

“This is an absolute disgrace. As a Tory MP of 17 years, who’s never been a minister, who’s got on with it loyally most of the time. 

“I think it’s a shambles and a disgrace. I think it is utterly appalling. I’m livid.

“And do you know, I really shouldn’t say this but I hope all those people that put Liz Truss in Number 10, I hope it was worth it, I hope it was worth it for the ministerial red box, I hope it was worth it to sit around the Cabinet table because the damage they have done to our party is extraordinary.”

READ MORE: Chris Bryant alleges MP ‘manhandled’ into voting with Government on Sky News

Pressure continues to mount on Liz Truss following the economic turmoil caused by her mini-Budget. 

She told the Commons she was a “fighter not a quitter” in a desperate attempt to defend her premiership at Prime Minister’s Questions. 

The journalist speaking with Walker noted how furious he appeared, to which he replied: “I am, I am, I’ve had enough. 

“I’ve had enough of talentless people putting their tick in the right box not because it’s in the national interest but because it’s in their own personal interest to achieve ministerial position and I know I speak for hundreds of backbenchers who right now are worrying for their constituents all the time but now worrying about their own personal circumstances because there is nothing as ex as an ex-MP and a lot of my colleagues are wondering as many of their constituents are wondering and how they’re going to pay their mortgages if this all comes to an end soon.”



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