Christian Wakeford: Andrew Bowie reacts to reports of defection
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Andrew Bowie appeared on BBC Politics Live when the news broke that Bury South MP Christian Wakeford would defect to the Labour Party and told Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down. Mr Bowie, who stated he was a “very good friend” of Mr Wakeford, shot down the suggestion and argued he was a “solid Conservative” and did not believe he would make the jump. A few minutes later, the reports were confirmed to the panel with Mr Bowie adding he would have “counselled” him against the decision but understood why he made it.
Appearing on BBC Politics Live, Mr Bowie discussed the latest news agenda with the panel but a tweet from BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg was shared with the guests.
The tweet said Mr Wakeford was defecting to Labour moments before the Prime Minister was due to hold Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mr Bowie was put on the spot for his immediate reaction and initially rejected the story.
He said: “The first I’ve learnt of it was that tweet, Christian is a very good friend of mine and an excellent MP and I would be surprised at the very least if that was the case…
“I haven’t spoken to Christian today, I cannot say categorically, but I would be very surprised if Christian was about to jump ship to the Labour Party.”
Mr Bowie remarked Mr Wakeford was a “solid Conservative” and refused to believe the story.
But as more information came in, including the report that Mr Wakeford would be sitting behind Sir Keir Starmer in PMQs, Mr Bowie backtracked and said he could understand Mr Wakeford’s choice.
Mr Bowie continued: “I would have counselled him against it, I think that the party that has the policies to bring this country forward and has demonstrated that for the last 11 years is the Conservative Party.”
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BBC Politics Live presenter Jo Coburn asked what Mr Bowie would say to Mr Wakeford if he saw him next.
He replied: “I would say I would be very sad that he took this decision he had but I completely understand the reasons that he’s making the decisions…
“I genuinely understand the anger and upset and the feelings of disappointment that some of my colleagues feel in the leadership of the party at this time.
“But changing sides, defecting from the party, is a huge step.”
Mr Wakeford was one of the red wall MPs who took Bury South from Labour in 2019.
The backbencher wrote to Mr Johnson:” You and the Conservative Party as a whole have shown themselves incapable of offering the leadership and government this country deserves…
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“[Labour is] ready to provide an alternative government that this country can be proud of, and not embarrassed by”.
Mr Johnson is facing a civil war crisis as the list of Tory MPs calling for his resignation gets longer.
Former minister David Davis demanded Boris Johnson resigned during his PMQs appearance.
He said: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take. Yesterday he did the opposite of that.
So, I will remind him of a quotation that may be familiar to his ear
“You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. In the name of God, go.”
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