I abhor the Covid parties but will stay loyal to Boris, Tory MP says

15 January 2022, 13:03 | Updated: 16 January 2022, 09:01

Colonel Bob Stewart: 'I remain loyal to the leader'

By Seán Hickey

Senior Conservative MP Colonel Bob Stewart tells LBC he 'abhors' the partygate scandal, but will remain 'loyal' to Boris Johnson.

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As the partygate scandal continues, Matt Frei was joined on-air by senior Tory MP Colonel Bob Stewart to share his views on the matter.

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"Do you think this man is best placed to lead your party at the next election?" Matt asked.

"Right at the moment he is, I can't see anyone else doing it."

Colonel Stewart added that "one thing about Boris Johnson is, if anyone can turn a situation around, he can and he's proved that in the past."

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The MP told listeners that he shared breakfast with constituents across the political spectrum on Saturday morning.

The consensus among the group was, according to Colonel Stewart: "If anyone could change public opinion, he could."

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Referencing a sharp drop for the Conservatives in the polls, he argued that Boris Johnson "quite possibly could change the polls back again."

"I personally think wrong was done, I don't need a report for me to be told that."

"What has happened, has happened." Colonel Bob concluded.