BARNSLEY’S only Conservative MP has defended Boris Johnson following his decision to not resign - despite admitting he broke the same lockdown rules he established.

On Tuesday night, he survived the vote of no confidence result having won the support of 211 MPs - including Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Miriam Cates.

She told the Chronicle the mistakes he made are ‘not reason enough’ to remove him from his role of Prime Minister.

“I supported the Prime Minister in this vote as I do not believe we have reached the threshold for the removal of a Prime Minister who was elected with an overwhelming majority of 80 seats,” she added.

“To do so would be to erase the mandate given to him by the people of this country in 2019, and that should only be done in the most exceptional circumstances.

“The Prime Minister has rightly apologised and taken responsibility for the mistakes that were made, but in my view those are not reason enough to remove him from his position outside of an election.

“Now we must get on with tackling the big issues that people are rightly focused on.”