Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Brentwood & Ongar Cllr David Kendall has called on local Conservative MP Alex Burghart to vote for a motion in Parliament next week to censure Boris Johnson.
It comes after the Privileges Committee recommended Boris Johnson is suspended for 90 days for "deliberately misleading" Parliament over partygate.
The Liberal Democrats said voting against the motion would be "an insult to bereaved families who grieved alone while Boris Johnson partied." The vote to approve the Privileges Committee's recommendations is expected in Parliament on Monday 19 June.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Brentwood & Ongar, Cllr David Kendall commented:
"This report is completely unprecedented. Never before has a former British Prime Minister been found to have lied to Parliament and treated the public with such contempt.
"Alex Burgart MP was Johnson's parliamentary private secretary at the time. He needs explain what he knew about what was happening? He also needs to examine his conscience and confirm he will vote to censure Boris Johnson. Anything less would be an insult to bereaved families in Brentwood & Ongar who grieved alone while Boris Johnson lied and partied.
"The Conservative Party is now in a full blown civil war, while people struggle to afford to pay their mortgage or get a GP appointment. It's time that Conservative MPs stopped fighting among themselves and focused on tackling the problems facing the country, from the NHS crisis to the cost of living."