The leader of the United Kingdom Labor Party, Keir Starmer, demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday, after he acknowledged before Parliament that he attended a party held in the gardens of his official residence in May 2020, when the country was under a strict quarantine due to the first wave of Covid-19.
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Speaking in the House of Commons, Starmer said that after months of deception, Johnson delivers what he called “the pathetic spectacle of a man who has lost his way.”
He added that “he was finally forced to admit what everyone knew, that when the whole country was on lockdown, he was throwing alcohol parties in Downing Street. Now is he going to do the right thing and resign? ”He questioned.
“His defense … that he didn’t realize he was at a party is so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the British public,” Starmer said.
Subsequently, the Labor leader addressed the Prime Minister through the social network Twitter and said: “The only question is: will the British public kick him out? Will his party throw him out? Or will he do the decent thing and quit? “
Johnson went during this day to Parliament to render an account and apologized for having attended what he thought was a “work event”.
He said, “I want to apologize. I know that millions of the citizens of this country have made extraordinary sacrifices in the last 18 months. I know the anguish that they have gone through, without being able to mourn their relatives, without being able to live their life as they wanted or do the things they like ”.
He stated that, although he cannot anticipate the conclusions on the investigation of this fact, he did not act well, he should have done things differently and it is up to him to assume his responsibility.
He pointed out that he understands the anger that citizens can feel towards their Government, from the understanding that those who decide the rules did not follow them correctly.
The British public suffered unimaginable loneliness, hurt and grief. But they diligently followed the rules because it was the right thing to do.
Boris Johnson attended a party, and now he is treating them like fools by suggesting he doesn’t know what a party is.
– Angela Rayner (@AngelaRayner)
January 12, 2022
Johnson’s attitude was also criticized by the second leader of the Labor Party, Angela Rayner, who demanded his appearance before Parliament and recalled that on other occasions he has denied having participated in collective events during the quarantine.
According to the press, a hundred people were invited to the aforementioned party in Downing Street, through emails sent by the Prime Minister’s personal secretary, Martin Reynolds.
These messages were released by ITV television. According to witnesses, Johnson and his wife, Carrie, were among the attendees at the party.
It was also known that the Metropolitan Police opened an investigation for alleged violation of the regulations imposed in the framework of the pandemic, in addition to the internal investigation carried out by the second permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office, Sue Gray.