‘Indefensible’: Tory MPs give verdicts on No 10 garden party

Boris Johnson is facing increasing pressure from Conservative MPs to publicly admit if he attended a rule-breaking garden party in Downing Street. Oor 100 staff were invited by the PM’s principal private secretary to bring a bottle and “make the most of the lovely weather”. But Johnson has declined to say whether he attended the event. These are just some of the responses from MPs to the furore.

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth Moor View:

Dr Neil Hudson, MP for Penrith and the Border:

Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South:

Caroline Nokes, MP for Romsey and Southampton North and chair of the women and equalities select committee:

Mark Harper, MP for Forest of Dean and chair of the Covid Recovery Group:

Douglas Ross, the leader of the Konserwatiewes in Scotland:

Philip Davies, the MP for Shipley:

Robbie Moore, MP for Keighley and Ilkley:

Laura Farris, MP for Newbury, vertel BBC Politics live she “would have declined” any such invitation to a party:

Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives:

Christopher Chope, MP for Christchurch:

Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley:

Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East:

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire:

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