Boris Johnson will be invited to address the Scottish Conservative Conference


Boris Johnson will be invited to address the Scottish Conservative Conference in March, the party has announced.

It comes after Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross last month called on the Prime Minister to resign over the party’s so-called probe into potential lockdown breaches at Downing Street.

The Scottish Conservatives are holding their conference in Aberdeen on March 18-19, alongside the UK Spring Conference in Blackpool, meaning Mr Johnson can address the Scottish rally virtually.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “The Prime Minister will be invited to address the party conference, as has been the case every year.”

Douglas Ross has called on the Prime Minister to stand down (Andy Buchanan/PA)

Mr Ross was among Tory MPs who wrote to the chairman of the 1922 committee, Sir Graham Brady, asking for a vote of no confidence to be triggered.

The decision prompted Jacob Rees-Mogg, then Leader of the House, to call the leader of Scotland’s Tories ‘lightweight’

However, Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said Mr Ross had his “full support”.

Speaking in the House of Commons last week, Mr Jack said: ‘Douglas Ross is absolutely the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, he’s appointed there by the members because we’re a constitutionally devolved organisation, he’s doing very good work, he holds Nicola Sturgeon accountable and he has my full support.

SNP MP Pete Wishart described the announcement as a “humiliating ascent for Douglas Ross” which “demonstrates that the Scottish Conservative Party is nothing more than a controlled branch of Conservative headquarters in Westminster”.

‘Such an embarrassing U-turn leaves Mr Ross with eggs all over his face – and will do little to counter senior Tories’ claims that he is a ‘lightweight’ whose authority is crumbling’ , Mr. Wishart said.

“It’s just not credible for the Scottish Conservatives to demand Boris Johnson’s resignation one week and then invite him to deliver a keynote speech the following week.

“It will only add to speculation that the Scottish Tory leader is set to step down. They cannot both credibly remain in office.

Downing Street confirmed on Friday that Mr Johnson had received a legal questionnaire from Met officers investigating the events at No 10.

He now has seven days to adequately explain his presence or face a fine for breaching his own Covid regulations.

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