Richard Madley has compared the vote of confidence on Boris Johnson to breaking up with a partner, saying members of the public have a ‘personal relationship’ with the prime minister.
On Monday, the results of the trust vote were announced in Parliament, with the PM escaping the ballot from 211-148.
Despite winning by only 63 votes, the Tory leader claimed his victory was with a ‘firm and decisive’ majority, adding: ‘I think this is a very good outcome for politics and the country.’
On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, co-presenters Mr Madley and Susannah Reid discussed the outcome, questioning whether Mr Johnson would remain in Downing Street, given the proportion of conservative politicians who demonstrated that they had no power over their leader. There is no trust.
At one point, Mr. Madley explained that he sees the potential repercussions of the vote the same way as when someone decides they want to end a romantic relationship with their partner.
The broadcaster, who has been married to his wife Judy Finnigan since 1986 and Linda Huley from 1977 to 1983, said: ‘Ranveer [Singh] Was saying before, and I think that’s a really good thing – we have almost personal relationships with our prime ministers, like we do with our colleagues.
‘And there comes a point when all the rowing stops and you decide you’re going to fall apart. You decide that you are going to leave this person.
‘And you stop yelling at them – but you’ve made up your mind. You want to be divided, and it seems that is the sentiment in the country, looking at these elections again. They have enough for him. They are no longer shouting at him, but they have had enough.
ITV’s UK editor Paul Brand commented that the public would know if this was indeed the case in a few weeks’ time when the two upcoming by-elections would take place.
‘It’s difficult for us to have a really accurate picture of how the nation is feeling. Voting shows that things are bad, but wait for the actual results.
After the vote, Mr Johnson said: ‘I think it’s a solid result, a decisive result and it means that as a government we can move forward and focus on the things that Really matters to people.
Good Morning Britain airs on ITV from 6am on weekdays.
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