Labor leader Keir Starmer calls on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign at a party in Downing Street in May 2020.
Starmer called Johnson’s efforts to explain the party a “pathetic spectacle” and called on him to “do an honorable job” and resign during the Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ) on Wednesday.
In a leaked e-mail published on Monday, one of Britain’s top officials invites employees to a “socially distanced drink in the No 10 garden” on May 20, 2020, when the country was under strict coronavirus restrictions .
Johnson said he would “apologize” to the party in his opening statement on Wednesday.
“I must take responsibility,” he said.
Johnson later said that the wrong decisions were made and that he apologized for them.
“I want to reiterate that I thought this was a work incident and, Mr. Speaker, I am very sorry that we did not act differently that evening,” Johnson said.
In the lead-up to Wednesday’s PMQ, various British lawmakers called for Johnson to resign if he misled parliament as to whether he was present during the party.
“If he has violated his own guidance, if it is not truthful, it is an extremely important issue. If the prime minister has misled Parliament, he should resign,” said Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives. told Sky News on Tuesday.
Other Conservative MPs have been sharing their anger and frustration.
Christian Wakeford, the Conservative MP for Bury South, tweeted: “How do you defend the indefinite? you could not! This is shameful and what is worse is that it further erodes trust in politics when it is already low. ,
Deputy Labor leader Angela Renner on Wednesday described Johnson’s situation as “unstable”.
Speaking to the BBC, Rainer said: “If he were at that party, he would know he broke those rules and act accordingly.”
Ian Blackford, the leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster, added calls for Johnson’s resignation.
Blackford told Sky News that if Johnson had broken the ministerial code, he would “have to go.”
It would “really stick in the throats of people who weren’t able to properly grieve for those who died at the time of the party,” Blackford said.
The day the party was blamed Britain recorded 268 deaths on its coronavirus dashboard.
On Tuesday, a group of people who lost family members to Covid-19 wrote to Johnson to express their anger over fresh evidence that parties took place during the lockdown.
Hannah Brady’s father reportedly passed away four days before the party.
“On 20 May 2020, my father’s death certificate was being signed. We were making arrangements for his funeral 30 years ago…” Brady wrote Tuesday on behalf of a group called Justice for COVID-19 Bereaved Families.
“I had to stand and watch my grandparents break into a hole in the ground, fearing that if I went near them they would catch Covid and die,” she said.
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