Conservative MP Nicky Morgan has said that Jeremy Corbyn is not “serious” about tabling a motion of no confidence in the government, and that he has “no interest” in running the country.
Speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on the talkRADIO breakfast show, chair of the Treasury Select Committee Ms Morgan said that, despite divisions in the party, MPs were likely to vote in support of Theresa May if such a motion came about because they do not want to see Mr Corbyn in charge.
“Overall, and speaking in a very partisan way, most of us believe, and the DUP do, that the Conservative government is best placed to run the country,” she said.
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“If Jeremy Corbyn was serious about having this kind of motion, about wanting to force an election, he knows exactly what kind of motions to table, but the honest truth is, that Jeremy Corbyn does not want to have responsibility for making difficult decisions over the next few months.
“He’s quite happy to sit back and try to hope chaos unfolds, in which case his revolution can therefore take place.
“He does not have any interest in running a responsible government which is what the country needs at the moment.
“However frustrated some of us may be at the lack of government decisions and not having a meaningful vote, would you want Theresa May in charge of security of this country or Jeremy Corbyn? The answer is Theresa May.”
Brexit 'fundamentally changed' UK politics
Ms Morgan also said that Brexit had brought underlying political issues to the surface, particularly immigration.
“There are plenty of issues on which we [the Conservative party] still agree - defence policy, economic policy, welfare policy,” she said.
“We’re never going to go back to how it was pre-2016. Brexit is something that has fundamentally shifted something in our political system.
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“Under New Labour we weren’t allowed to talk about immigration, anybody who raised concerns about what was going on was immediately labelled a little Englander, xenophobic whatever it was.”
Hartley-Brewer interjected that while writing about such issues in the past, she was labelled “racist”.
“The trouble is, if you don’t talk about these things, they fester, and they find support with parties adopting more extreme positions,” continued Ms Morgan.
“A lot of these issues were already there, and Brexit has brought them to the surface.”