Tory civil war erupts as Scottish Conservatives REFUSE to back Boris

Douglas Ross calls for Boris Johnson to resign over party scandal

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After furore arose over what has been dubbed ‘Partygate’, the Prime Minister met with numerous Tory representatives in an attempt to win them over to his side. But the Scottish Tories have proved more difficult to convince and remain opposed to his leadership.

Mr Johnson has faced a not-insignificant number of calls to resign since he admitted to having attended a “bring your own booze” party – which he claims to have believed was a “work event” – during the first national lockdown.

One of the earliest of these came from Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross.

He described the Prime Minster’s position as “untenable”.

One party insider said Mr Ross’s position is much the same now, more than a month on.

They told Politics Home: “Douglas’s position and the position of the party is not going to change.

“There’s never been a breakdown in the personal relationship [between Ross and Johnson] and there’s no underlying bad blood.

“Douglas has taken a clear and principled stance on this whole issue.”

Twenty-seven of the 30 Tories in Holyrood are reported to share this stance.

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But while relations are a little icy, another Tory insider said the factions would not stop working together.

The main opponent was, they stressed, the ruling SNP.

The insider told the site: “We all still work together behind the scenes just as we always have.”

Mr Johnson visited Scotland today, on Monday.

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Number 10 announced: “The Prime Minister visited Babcock Rosyth Dockyard today to see the construction of the Royal Navy’s new Type 31 warships.

“The Type 31 programme is supporting more than 2,500 jobs across the UK.

“These ships will play a vital role in protecting UK security interests around the world.”

The Tory source told Politics Home the visit “seems to have gone well”, in a possible sign relations could still heal.

Anger around ‘Partygate’ appears to have subsided over the past week, though is bound to shoot up again when the Metropolitan Police completes its investigation into allegations of lockdown rule-breaking on Downing Street.

It said it would do so “promptly”.

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