A Tory MP has apologised live on air for the chaos in his party on Wednesday afternoon after news of the home secretary's resignation broke during his interview on LBC.
Bob Seeley, Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight, said he was "getting fed up" with his party's turmoil after host Tom Swarbrick pressed him on the breaking news Suella Braverman had departed from her post.
"Most Conservative MPs have been here for less than a decade... many of us have been actually here five years or less," said Seeley.
"And we're really just keen to get on with our job and serve our constituents."
He added: "Most of us are actually just trying to get on with the job and I'm frankly as bemused, as pretty much everyone else is – and I'm really unhappy with the situation."
'I actually just want to apologise...we are fed up.'
As news breaks that Suella Braverman has departed as Home Secretary, Tory MP Bob Seely gives a sincere apology for the 'frustrating' state of his party.@TomSwarbrick1 | @IoWBobSeely pic.twitter.com/H7XXFi58EK
— LBC (@LBC) October 19, 2022
However, Seeley stopped short of calling for Liz Truss's departure amid growing calls for her resignation.
"I want us to stabilise the situation... if Liz can keep it together, and stabilise the situation, great," he said.
"If she can't, we need to find an alternative – but I'm not looking for an alternative now. I think we need to try to stabilise the situation."
In Braverman's resignation letter to the prime minister, she wrote it was with "the greatest regret" she was leaving her post after she broke security protocol by sending an "official document" from her personal email.
"Earlier today, I sent an official document from my personal email to a trusted parliamentary colleague as part of policy engagement, and with the aim of garnering support for government policy on migration," she wrote.
"This constitutes a technical infringement of the rules."
She added: "Pretending we haven’t made mistakes, carrying on as if everyone can’t see that we have made them, and hoping that things will magically come right is not serious politics.
"I have made a mistake: I accept responsibility: I resign."
Braverman also used the letter as an opportunity to express "concerns about the direction of this government" of Truss's government.
"It is obvious to everyone that we are going through a tumultuous time," she said.
"I have concerns about the direction of this government.
"Not only have we broken key pledges that were promised to our voters, but I have had serious concerns about this government’s commitment to honouring manifesto commitments, such as reducing overall migration numbers and stopping illegal migration, particularly the dangerous small boats crossings."
Former transport secretary, Truss critic, and Rishi Sunak ally Grant Shapps was announced as Braverman's successor on Wednesday evening.
Braverman's departure comes just hours after the prime minister's special adviser, Jason Stein, was suspended pending an investigation by the Cabinet Office propriety and ethics team.
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