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WATCH: Strath MP Drew Hendry slams Boris Johnson who told 'lie after lie' and partied while people were dying of Covid, saying he cannot stay 'a minute longer' in Downing Street

By Scott Maclennan

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is now considered such a liability as a political leader that the pound even started trading higher at news of his resignation.

There was almost universal condemnation of the UK leader even after it emerged he would be stepping down – a clear indication on just how much damage he has done to British politics.

His insistence last night that he try to stay in power and "go down fighting" merely extended the political turmoil that has frozen government at the highest level and lost him what respect still clung to him.

So when the PM's departure was revealed MP Drew Hendry did not hold back and took the Conservative leader to task.

He hit out at him mostly over dishonesty, Partygate, the illegal prorogation of parliament and ultimately his character.

That Mr Johnson plans to remain in post until his successor is chosen was described as "unacceptable" by Mr Hendry.

'He can't stay...'

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Hendry said it was ultimately Mr Johnson's dishonesty that did for him.

He said: “Lie after lie, from partying whilst people were losing loved ones, uttering the words 'let the bodies pile high', to the illegal prorogation Parliament, his character was on full display at every turn.

“The Tories knew precisely who they were putting in power. When it came down to the choice of common decency, they put the Tory party ahead of the people they were elected to serve.

“How many times have we all thought enough should have been enough? Every time, the Tory party chose not to act, and we've all had to endure this Boris Johnson-led circus because of their inaction.

“It would have been nice to find a redeeming point, but the reality is that Westminster is broken and in constant crisis. That's not going to change, and it's clear that Scotland needs to become independent to protect our people and build a fairer future."

He added: "He can't stay in place any longer, he has to go and he has to go now. Any attempt to hang on, even for a minute longer is unacceptable."

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