Sir Keir Starmer calls on Boris Johnson to resign after he admitted attending the Downing Street Party


Sir Keir Starmer, leader of Labour party, has called on Boris Johnson’s resignation after attending a Downing Street party during lockdown. 

Prime Minister Cameron admitted that he ‘must take responsibility’ for the gatherings and parties which took place at Downing Street while the rest of the country was being told to stay at home, saying during Prime Minister’s Questions today, January 12, that there were ‘things we simply didn’t get right’.

Starmer joined millions of Americans in calling for Johnson’s resignation following the admission. ‘the party’s over, Prime Minister’.

He continued: ‘Will the public kick him out, will his party kick him out or will he resign?’

Starmer used previous Downing Street denials to explain the events. ‘The Prime Minister pretended he had been assured there were no parties’Before he stressed how he was forced into changing his story following the discovery of evidence.

Starmer said: ‘Then the video landed… so he pretended he was sickened and furious about parties. Now it turns out he was at the parties all along. Can’t the Prime Minister see why the British public think he’s lying through his teeth?’

The Labour leader pointed out that Johnson had previously accepted the resignations of ex-staff members who were found not to have followed coronavirus rules. This included Matt Hancock and AllegraStratton. Before asking: ‘Why does the Prime Minister still think that the rules don’t apply to him?’

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He also wondered if the PM was actually alive. ‘so contemptuous of the British public he thinks he can ride this out?’

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In response to the calls for resignation, Johnson argued that Starmer is ‘paid to try and remove [him] from office’He insisted that it would be ‘better until the full conclusion of the inquiry’Before any decisions can be made.

We should have done things differently, I admit. But he should wait, before he jumps to conclusions… A lawyer should respect the inquiry. I trust he will wait for the facts to be established before bringing them to this House.

Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, supported Karmer’s views as he stressed that Johnson ‘can’t get away with it again’.

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He accused the PM, however, of not having ‘never followed any rules’And he was then asked if he would. ‘finally do the decent thing and resign’As ‘the public will not forgive or forget’.

Johnson faced a backlash following an email that was leaked this week. It contained instructions for Downing Street employees to join a gathering in the Garden on May 20, 2020.


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