Ousting Boris Johnson as Tory leader and prime minister would be “in the national interest”, said Keir Starmer.
In a speech on Saturday, the Labor leader said the PM was “engrossed in deception” and pointed out that Mr Johnson was “literally hiding from the public”.
Some Tory MPs have called for the Prime Minister’s resignation as the steady stream of revelations about lockdown parties at No10 shows no sign of abating.
However, Mr Johnson is reported to be with his own party in the ‘last chance drawing room’, although most polls now show the share of Tory votes in the wholesale collapse.
Speaking at the Fabian Society conference in London, opposition leader Sir Keir told his audience: “We are witnessing the broken spectacle of a Prime Minister mired in fraud and deception and incapable of leading.”
He said while “the Tories are bickering and fighting on WhatsaApp, I want to look to the future”.
The opposition leader added: “Moral authority is obviously important in relation to Covid, but we have other massive challenges facing this country.
“We have a Prime Minister who is absent – he’s literally hiding at the moment and can’t lead, so I’ve concluded he has to go.
“And obviously he has a party advantage, but really it’s in the national interest now that he goes, so it’s very important now that the Tory party does what it has to do and get rid of him.”
Asked about Wine-Time-Friday’s allegations, Sir Keir added: “It doesn’t matter whether the Prime Minister was there or not – ultimately he is responsible for what goes on in Government, he is responsible for the culture in #10 and what we’re seeing is a culture where there’s a rule for it and the rest of us do as we’re told.”
Most polls now show Sir Keir’s party some 10 points ahead of Mr Johnson, largely due to a radical collapse in the ruling Tories’ share of the vote in the wake of the ‘Partygate’ revelations.
The Prime Minister has canceled public appearances after a family member appeared to have tested positive for Covid and has not been seen outside Downing Street in recent days.