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LABOUR leader Keir Starmer echoed calls today for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after latest “partygate” revelations saw Downing Street officials apologise to the Queen.
The Telegraph reported yesterday evening that two more lockdown-breaking parties had been held at Number 10 beginning on April 16 2021 through to the early morning of the funeral of Prince Philip.
Downing Street apologised to the Queen after confirming that around 30 people drank alcohol and danced into the early hours as two staff leaving dos took place.
Mr Johnson is not thought to have attended these parties.
The Prime Minister’s spokesperson issued the apology to the palace, saying it was “deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning.”
Responding to the latest in a growing list of apologies, Sir Keir said: “This shows just how seriously Boris Johnson has degraded the office of Prime Minister.
“The Conservatives have let Britain down. An apology isn’t the only thing the Prime Minister should be offering the palace today.
“Boris Johnson should do the decent thing and resign.”
One of the parties was for the PM’s former director of communications, James Slack, who was leaving Downing Street to become deputy editor of the Sun newspaper.
Mr Slack apologised for the “anger and hurt” caused by the event and acknowledged it “should not have happened.”
The other leaving party that evening was for one of Mr Johnson’s personal photographers.
The parties took place while household mixing was banned indoors.
As well as bringing continued calls by the opposition for the PM to resign, the revelations have fuelled the discontent against Mr Johnson within Tory ranks.
Senior Tory Julian Knight said: “It would be charitable to say that partygate, if you like, is due to acts of extreme stupidity on behalf of those at Number 10.”
And MP Roger Gale, who also called on Mr Johnson to resign, likened Downing Street to “a branch of the Majestic Wine Warehouse.”
Senior civil servant Sue Gray is carrying out an investigation into the growing number of breaches of lockdown regulations by the government, several of which it is alleged involved the PM himself.
People Before Profit has called for an emergency protest tomorrow to demand the PM immediately vacates his position.
Protesters will gather outside Downing Street at 2pm.
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