He joins several Johnson lawmakers who have withdrawn their support for the British leader since a damning official report published last week described a series of illegal parties at his Downing Street office during Covid-19 lockdowns.
Wright said he found it impossible to accept that Johnson bore no personal responsibility for setting the tone in Downing Street, which he believes had a “routine disregard for the mind, and often the letter of the covid rules.” shown.
“I also fear that these events have caused real and lasting damage to the reputation of not only this administration, but the institutions and authority of the government in general,” Wright said in a statement.
Wright said restoring accountability and trust in good governance required more than apologies, and that Johnson’s remaining in office would hinder critical government goals.
“I have therefore concluded with regret that, in the interest of this and future governments, the Prime Minister must resign,” he said.
More than 20 conservative lawmakers have publicly called on Johnson to quit since reports of parties breaking the lockdown began to trickle into the media. At least 54 are required to formally request a confidence vote to trigger a vote.