MPnot partof PM­plot

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

Stir­ling MP Stephen Kerr this week in­sisted his Con­ser­va­tive col­leagues at West­min­ster were still sup­port­ing Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May.

Mr Kerr was speak­ing after na­tional news­pa­pers re­ported 40 ‘rebel’ Tory MPs had agreed to sign a letter of no con­fi­dence in Mrs May. The num­ber is eight short of that re­quired to trig­ger a lead­er­ship elec­tion. And news of the plot comes after re­ports of di­rec­tion­less Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions and al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the Lon­don Par­lia­ment.

Mr Kerr said he was not one of the 40 ‘plot­ters’ and added: “In West­min­ster, the pic­ture is very dif­fer­ent from what is re­ported in some parts of the na­tional press. Con­ser­va­tive MPs are be­hind the Prime Min­is­ter and the Gov­ern­ment is work­ing hard in the na­tional in­ter­est.

“The vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple across Scot­land and the UK want us to fo­cus on what we are elected to do and no one wants more elec­tions or ref­er­en­dums at this crit­i­cal time for our coun­try.”

Mr Kerr said the PM’s “swift ac­tion” in en­sur­ing a cross party ap­proach on sex­ual ha­rass­ment in West­min­ster should en­sure a fair and ro­bust process for al­le­ga­tions to be prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated.

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