MP tells Prime Minister to focus on work following Partygate scandal
Scunthorpe MP Holly Mumby-Croft has reportedly told Prime Minister Boris Johnson to focus on his work instead of the ongoing Partygate scandal.
With energy bills and the cost of living rising, Mumby-Croft suggested that Boris should be looking towards improving the country.
She also indicated that he should back the steel industry.
The Prime Minister has been criticised by many for his statements regarding Sue Gray’s initial report into the Partygate scandal which saw government parties being held during Covid lockdowns.
Ms Gray found that a ‘failure of leadership’ had occurred within No. 10 Downing Street.
However, Mumby-Croft has expressed her support for Boris and his apology as well as for his ability to turn things around.
In a statement to the Local Democracy Reporters, the Scunthorpe MP said: “The report highlighted a number of issues in the organisation of Downing Street, and the Prime Minister committed to making necessary changes.
“This was the right thing to do, and we need changes sooner rather than later.”
Regarding the Partygate scandal, Mumby-Croft added: “The Metropolitan Police are now conducting an investigation.
“I know that this will be frustrating to hear, but it is important, especially given the gravity of the situation, that we let the police get on with the job.
“I come from a close family myself and like others, I did not see loved ones during the lockdowns.
“Many made huge personal sacrifices to keep themselves and others safe during the last two years, so I absolutely understand how people feel.
“We must now wait for the police to finish their investigation without interference. But we cannot and should not allow this to absorb all the oxygen in the room.
“There are many important issues affecting our area that we urgently need to address, and I hope you will agree that it is important that I continue to raise them in Parliament.
“Yesterday, I asked the PM to reassure our area that he will not let this regrettable situation be a distraction from the Government’s task to deliver on energy costs.
“The high industrial energy prices are both a short- and- long-term issues that are hamstringing our steelworks, and I want to ensure that this campaign continues to be heard.
“This is not to say that I do not understand the absolute hurt and anger felt by so many people when we hear about these events and I want to thank residents who have got in touch to share their experiences with me.
“We must now wait to hear back from the police inquiry.
“In the meantime, I am clear that we need to carry on working.
“This is why I used yesterday as an opportunity to remind the Prime Minister to get back to delivering what our steelworks – and Scunthorpe – need.”
Some Scunthorpe residents responded to Mumby-Croft’s comments with support whilst others continued to be less than impressed with the Prime Minister and the Scunthorpe MP.
One local resident said: “It’s embarrassing how she can just turn a blind eye to what is going on.
“I’d say she should be ashamed.”
Another added: “She is supporting a [corrupt] Prime Minister and has no care about what her constituents sacrificed as No. 10 had parties and made corrupt deals for PPE that have now cost us billions.”
However, one local man said: “Trust me, she’s not turning a blind eye to Johnson’s shenanigans.
“If anything I think she regards him as a huge disappointment, as do many Tory MP’s.
“Quite correctly she is focusing on our local problems that all need attention, which incidentally is her job.”
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