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‘Johnson must go’

Labour calls PM out after admission he was at Downing Street booze-up

LABOUR called for Boris Johnson’s head today after he made a grovelling apology to the Commons for attending a “bring your own booze” party.

The Prime Minister was forced to admit that he had attended the event in the Downing Street garden on May 20 2020, during the first nationwide lockdown.

However, he sparked uproar in the Commons by suggesting that he had “believed implicitly” that the party was a work gathering.

Mr Johnson told a packed chamber during Prime Minister’s questions to accept his apology but to wait for the outcome of the investigation already being conducted by top civil servant Sue Gray.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told the PM: “We’ve got the Prime Minister attending Downing Street parties – a clear breach of the rules. 

"We’ve got the Prime Minister putting forward a series of ridiculous denials which he knows are untrue – a clear breach of the ministerial code.

“It is a pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of road. The party’s over, Prime Minister.

“The only question is will the British public kick him out, will his party kick him out or will he do the decent thing and resign?”

Sheepish Tory MPs avoided the subject of the Downing Street party and chose to ask a series of questions praising the government’s record in office.

But unions representing health workers said the PM’s conduct was an insult to the NHS that had saved his life.

“This flagrant breach of the rules came just a few weeks after he was in intensive care,” Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said. 

“His credibility to lead the country through the next stage of the pandemic is in shreds – who will believe a word he says?”

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the Morning Star today that the whole affair was a farce.

“Mr Johnson knowingly broke the rules,” he said.

“Like a schoolboy who got caught, he came before the house with a false contrition.

“In the meantime, they continue to lie about selling off our public services in spite of the assurances they gave during the 2019 general election.”

Also speaking to the Star, Labour MP Diane Abbott said: “Boris Johnson’s apology was pathetic and was clearly wrung out of him in the face of real anger from the public and his own MPs.

“His excuse that he did attend the party but didn’t realise that it was an actual party is ridiculous.”

Campaigners who lost loved ones to coronavirus accused Mr Johnson of “taking the British public for fools” and rubbing salt into people's wounds with his apology.

Hannah Brady of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice said that if Mr Johnson does not step down, his party’s MPs have a “moral duty” to remove him.

She said: “The Prime Minister is now a walking public health hazard who has lost the trust, respect and good faith of the public.

“If restrictions are needed to protect lives in the future, people will simply laugh at him.

“He has no moral authority and will cost lives.

“He has broken his own rules and if he had any decency he would now resign, rather than hide behind an internal ‘inquiry’.”

Ms Brady’s father, Shaun Brady, died at the age of 55 just a few days before the Downing Street party, having contracted Covid on the way to his job as a key worker in Wigan.

His death certificate was signed on the day the event took place.

Communist Party general secretary Robert Griffiths said: “What is really needed is regime change. 

“We cannot enter this next phase of Covid with this government still in place. And we cannot hope to defeat the economic crisis whilst still led by its architects.”

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