Boris Johnson apologizes for attending Downing Street party during lockdown
At the start of the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session, Johnson said he attended the rally for 25 minutes before entering for work. He said he thought the rally was a professional event, but looking back he should have sent the participants back inside.
Opposition leader Keir Starmer said the Prime Minister’s excuse that he “did not realize he was at a party” was ridiculous and “offensive”. The leader of the Labor Party then asked if the Prime Minister would resign.
The email, which was independently confirmed by CNN, told guests to “bring your own booze” and “make the most of the good weather.”
Johnson had refused to deny reports that he and his wife, Carrie Johnson, attended the event. He said he would not make any further comments as the parties in Downing Street are under investigation.
If a government minister breaks the ministerial code, he is expected to resign from his post.
Members of Johnson’s own Tory Party have already spoken out forcefully, with the Scottish Tories leader saying Johnson must resign if it turns out he attended those drinks.
The May 20 allegation comes after a string of scandals specifically questioning Johnson’s suitability for a post. Scandals range from an attempt to set rules to prevent one of his Tory allies – who had broken lobbying rules – from being suspended from Parliament, to handing over lucrative Covid-19 contracts to people closely associated with the Conservative Party.
Ahead of Christmas, stories emerged of many drink evenings taking place in Downing Street during various lockdown stages across the UK. The bombshell allegations affected Johnson’s poll notes and as of this week a majority of UK citizens believe that if Johnson attended the May 20 drink party he should step down as prime minister.