Thompson calls for Boris Johnson to resign

Tuesday January 11th 2022

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Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

Owen Thompson MP has called for the Prime Minister to “do the decent thing” and resign following the latest revelations of a “bring your own booze” party at Downing Street during lockdown.

Speaking before an Urgent Question about events in Downing Street on May 20 last year, the Midlothian MP said his position was no longer tenable after email evidence proved over 100 people had been invited to a pre-planned social gathering during the heart of lockdown, with the Prime Minister and his wife reportedly amongst the attendees.

The Midlothian MP commented

“This latest revelation about Downing Street lockdown booze-ups is the most damaging yet. The party invite sent out by his Principal Private Secretary leaves no more wriggle room – a planned social event took place in his garden last May, when these events were illegal. While the rest of us were sticking to the rules and staying apart, they were drinking together and enjoying the ‘lovely weather’. It is disrespectful to NHS staff, carers, keyworkers and to all of us who sacrificed so much to protect our loved ones.

“Enough is enough and the Prime Minister must finally answer for his actions – it doesn’t take an inquiry to say whether or not this party took place, especially when witnesses report he was there. This latest evidence calls into question all Boris Johnson’s previous denials of knowledge of any parties and means he has deliberately misled parliament, in breach of the Ministerial Code – surely now he must do the decent thing and resign.

“Midlothian constituents are telling me how angry they are at this ongoing farce. It is utterly unacceptable that Downing Street staff, under Boris Johnson’s leadership so flagrantly broke the rules the rest of us struggled so hard to follow. The Prime Minister cannot continue to get away with this. He must finally break the habit of a lifetime and tell the truth – if he won’t fall on his sword he must be removed from office.”

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