Piers Morgan, 54, called Boris Johnson “hypocritical” for removing the whip for 21 members of the Conservative Party after they joined a cross-party alliance to block a no-deal Brexit last night.
The Good Morning Britain host made the claim as he retweeted a video of Sir Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, speaking in the House of Commons after he was kicked out of the party.
“Ouch… It does seem absurdly hypocritical for Boris to be de-whipping great Tory statesmen like @NSoames for doing exactly what he’s done himself over Brexit,” Piers wrote.
His statement comes after Boris voted against former Prime Minster Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement twice before she stepped down.
It does seem absurdly hypocritical
Some of Piers’ 6.8 million followers weren’t sympathetic towards the Tory rebels, with one wiring: “He was told what would happen if he voted against the Government yet he still voted. He knew exactly what he was doing, perhaps he should take the responsibility for his actions, not whining.”
Another urged: “We need a united party! Ready for a General Election!”
A third said: “Soames is nothing. His allegiance is with the EU and not the UK hence he has to go.”
In his speech today, Nicholas appeared tearful as he spoke in the House of Commons to fellow MPs.
He said: “I am not standing at the next election and I am thus approaching the end of 37 years service to this house, of which I have been proud and honoured beyond words to be a member.
“I am truly very sad that it should end in this way.”
Nicholas insisted he has “always believed the referendum vote must be honoured” and said he voted for the Withdrawal Agreement on every occasion.
The grandson of Winston Churchill went on: “I think history will in due course favour the view articulated so clearly last night by my right honourable friend the member for West Dorset, that a threat to commit an act of self harm, if your counterparts in the negotiation do not exactly as you wish, is not exactly likely to be an effective or successful negotiating strategy.”
The 21 members who had the whip removed were Guto Bebb, Richard Benyon, Steve Brine, Alistair Burt, Greg Clark, Ken Clark, David Gauke, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Sam Gyimah, Philip Hammond, Stephen Hammond, Richard Harrington, Margot James, Oliver Letwin, Anne Milton, Caroline Noakes, Antoinette Sandbach, Nicholas Soames, Rory Stewart, Ed Vaizey.
Meanwhile, on Good Morning Britain today, Piers had another “hypocrite” to moan about – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
In a debate on the ITV show, they spoke about Harry’s speech where he admitted “no one’s perfect” after he and wife Meghan flew on four private jets within 11 days recently.
The royal couple have been slammed for their use of the jets whilst they preach about climate change and helping the environment.
Piers said he has no problem with “flying around in private jets” and driving “gas-guzzling cars” but wants them to practise what they preach.
He said: “Nobody wants to hate these two. But they are making themselves look like rank hypocrites and you can’t as a Royal do that.”
Good Morning Britain continues tomorrow on ITV form 6.30am.
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