The Prime Minister is “fit for office”, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has stated amid continued criticism over events in and round Downing Street throughout lockdown.
Boris Johnson has been beneath strain in latest weeks after he – alongside along with his spouse Carrie Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak – obtained a wonderful for one of many gatherings.
Mr Ross, who had beforehand referred to as on the PM to stop earlier than the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has backed Mr Johnson.
He had submitted a letter to the backbench 1922 Committee pushing for a vote of no confidence within the Prime Minister, however has since rescinded it.
Speaking to the Scotsman, Mr Ross was requested if the Prime Minister is fit for office.
He stated: “Yes, because he is leading the UK response to this crisis at the moment.
“But that doesn’t in any way diminish what he did and the actions that have been taken by those who investigate it.
“He is fit for office to continue with what the UK Government have done, his Government has done, to help the people of Ukraine.
“That’s not just me saying it, that’s President (Volodymyr Zelensky) who singled out Boris Johnson as a Western leader who has provided some of the greatest support.
“That relationship I don’t believe should just be cut off because clearly President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine welcome the support they’ve had from the Prime Minister and the UK Government.”
Mr Ross additionally stated he had not seen something that will “change his mind” on the Prime Minister’s position.
“Would it have been credible for me to have kept my letter in if at the same time I was saying ‘we have to be united in standing with the people of Ukraine’, in the same way that Keir Starmer said as the conflict started now wasn’t the time to replace the Prime Minister,” he stated.
“(SNP Westminster leader) Ian Blackford stood up in the House of Commons and called for unity. I agreed with them when they said that.
“I just haven’t seen anything to change my mind that has potentially changed theirs.”