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Richard Benyon: 'It was agony to witness' Prime Minister's Commons speech

'Parliament soulless' and Conservative Party appears to be 'property of chancers'

John Herring

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Newbury MP rebels on key Brexit amendment

Newbury MP Richard Benyon has said the Conservative Party "seems to have become the property of a reckless group of chancers".

Commenting in the Evening Standard Mr Benyon, one of 21 Conservative MPs to have the party whip withdrawn after voting against the Government, said that a "soulless Parliament" had lost its sense of purpose.  

His comments follow the Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday, which found that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament was unlawful. 

The Prime Minister has also been criticised for "tasteless" remarks made in the Commons about Brexit and murdered MP Jo Cox.

Writing for the Evening Standard, Mr Benyon said: "I’d hoped that the Prime Minister would know the House of Commons is a great place to be won over with a bit of charm, some humility and self-deprecating wit. All of which he has in spades.

"As it was, he came out like a snarling cornered lion, lashing out in a way that had many of us with our heads in our hands.

"It was agony to witness.

"He was followed by Jeremy Corbyn, who again failed to rise to the occasion.

"If ever there was a time when a Leader of the Opposition could have appeared like a prime-minister-in-waiting this was it."

Mr Benyon announced earlier this month that he would be standing down as MP at the next election. 

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  • brunin the bear

    28/09/2019 - 11:26

    Benyon, weak and cowardly- where are you when we all need you. Unbelievable, rats leaving a sinking ship. Hope he is hanging his head in shame.


  • newburywolf

    28/09/2019 - 09:38

    You can't blame Boris really, with the disgusting way the left wing liberal media attack him at every opportunity, or constantly give air time to others to attack him, all trying and stop Brexit. He has done nothing any worse than left wing or liberals who don't get anything said against them. But I do agree with you Richard, time for all the tory voters and Labour Leave voters to vote Brexit Party in the upcoming General Election. If you and the other 20 party traitors hadn't voted against your own party, this could be nearly over by now and we could be focused on moving on.


  • NewburyLad

    28/09/2019 - 07:59

    I look forward to Corbyn becoming caretaker PM and immediately lowering the voting age to acquire millions of new voters and then stripping the wealth from rich people such as yourself. With a bit of luck he will also force house building on a grand scale all across your land to house the billions he intends to let into the UK from the rest of the world when he scraps borders. Well done Richard.