Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner demands general election as Theresa May resigns as PM
Cambridge’s Labour MP Daniel Zeichner demanded a general election after the prime minister resigned, which he described as “further proof of the Conservative party’s intractable Europe problem, running for 50 years with no sign of let up.”
Theresa May announced this morning (Friday May 24) that she will stand down as leader of the Conservative party on June 7, which will trigger a leadership contest that will determine the next prime minister.
She said it was with “deep regret” that she had failed to deliver Brexit following the EU referendum.
Mr Zeichner said: “Theresa May and Gordon Brown served similar lengths of time in office. Gordon fought to save the world’s economy in a time of global crisis and largely succeeded.
“Theresa May struggled to save the Tory party at a time of internal crisis and largely failed. I know which was the more noble endeavour.
“Her premiership has been completely dominated by internal feuding in the Tory party, which continues to do huge damage to the country. She became prime minister as a result of [David] Cameron’s game-playing with his own party, gambling with the country to protect his own position. The Conservatives haven’t changed, and continue to subject the people to chaos for personal political gain.”
Mr Zeichner has called for Article 50 to be revoked, so that the UK remains in the European Union, but his party has come under mounting criticism for its lack of clarity over its Brexit position.
The timeline for Mrs May’s departure means she will still be in post for US president Donald Trump’s state visit and the marking of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
Mr Zeichner described this as “yet another example of poor judgment – subjecting the country to further humiliation by rolling out the red carpet to a bigoted president with a weak prime minister with one foot out the door”.
He added: “It is now crystal clear that the Conservatives lack any sense of the national interest, and instead are prevaricating and navel-gazing.
“They continue to ignore the crisis that they have plunged the country into with their irresponsible handling of both Brexit and the domestic agenda.
“The best way forward now would be a general election as soon as possible, to allow the country to kick out this miserable, stagnant government.”
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