Richard Madeley has compared the confidence vote over Boris Johnson to breaking up with a partner, saying that members of the public have a ‘personal relationship’ with the Prime Minister.
On Monday, the results of the confidence vote were announced in Parliament, with the PM surviving the ballot by 211-148.
Despite only winning by 63 votes, the Tory leader claimed his victory was earned with a ‘convincing and decisive’ majority, saying: ‘I think this is a very good result for politics and for the country.’
On Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain, co-presenters Mr Madeley and Susanna Reid discussed the result, questioning whether Mr Johnson will remain in Downing Street considering the ratio of Conservative politicians who demonstrated that they had no confidence in their leader.
At one point, Mr Madeley explained that he views the possible repercussions of the vote as similar to what it’s like when someone decides they want to end a romantic relationship with their partner.
The broadcaster, who’s been married to his wife Judy Finnigan since 1986 and was previously married to Lynda Hooley from 1977 to 1983, said: ‘Ranvir [Singh] was saying earlier, and I think it’s a really good point – we have almost a personal relationship with our Prime Ministers, just as we do with our partners.
‘And there comes a point when all the rowing stops and you decide you’re going to separate. You decide you’re going to leave this person.
‘And you stop shouting at them – but you’ve made your mind up. You want to split, and that seems to be the feeling in the country, again looking at these polls. They’ve had enough of him. They’re not shouting at him anymore, but they’ve had enough.’
ITV’s UK Editor Paul Brand remarked that the public will discover if that is indeed in the case in a couple weeks’ time when two upcoming by-elections take place.
‘It’s difficult for us to really have an accurate picture exactly of how the nation is feeling. The polling suggests that things are bad, but let’s wait for the real results.’
Following the vote, Mr Johnson said: ‘I think it’s a convincing result, a decisive result and what it means is that as a government we can move on and focus on the stuff that really matters to people.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.