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Sue Gray report: More Tory MPs join calls for PM to quit over Partygate

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(BBC) – Three Conservative MPs have broken cover to call for Boris Johnson to resign as prime minister since the publication of Sue Gray’s report on lockdown parties at No 10.

John Baron, David Simmonds and Julian Sturdy have joined a growing list of MPs urging the PM to stand down.

Mr Barron said the report painted “a shameful pattern of misbehaviour”.

Mr Johnson has said he was “humbled” by Ms Gray’s findings but did not lie to MPs and is not going to quit.

In a news conference on Wednesday, he said he wanted to “keep moving forward” and focus on the “people’s priorities”.

Labour’s shadow levelling-up secretary, Lisa Nandy, accused the PM of “passing off responsibility” for Partygate to junior staff, telling the BBC: “He’s not sorry that he did it, he’s sorry that he was caught.”

But Downing Street’s chief of staff, Stephen Barclay, said the prime minister had made a “significant change” to No 10 by shaking up his team and apologising for the lockdown-busting events.

Mr Johnson’s cabinet colleagues have rallied to his defence, with Health Secretary Sajid Javid saying the PM was focused on “tackling the big challenges ahead”.

Conservative MPs can force a leadership contest if enough of them write letters of no confidence – the BBC is aware of about 17 who have done so, well short of the 54 needed.

But only the chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs, Sir Graham Brady, knows the precise number.

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