Open letter to Henry Smith regarding Boris Johnson’s conduct

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Henry Smith MP
Member of Parliament for Crawley
House of Commons

Dear Henry,

It is now clear that regardless of the outcome of Sue Gray’s investigation, Boris Johnson has lost the confidence of the vast majority of the British public.

It a central principle of any liberal democracy that the law applies the same to everyone equally. Throughout the pandemic, residents in Crawley and across the country have accepted great sacrifices in order to save lives and protect the NHS and yet it now transpires that the very man setting the rules is unwilling to abide by them.

As a Conservative MP, you are the only person in Crawley with the power to do what your constituents expect to be done, by writing to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee and commencing the process for selecting a new Prime Minister.

I appreciate that this will be the second time in almost as many years you have supported a candidate for leader you later had to help remove from office and that it raises questions about your judgement, but be in no doubt that failing to act will in the eyes of the community be seen as complicity in the rule breaking.

Henry, put the country first, do the right thing.

Yours sincerely,

Cllr Peter Lamb
Leader, Crawley Borough Council

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