Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak ‘must resign’ over Covid party ends says Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown

A South Ayrshire MSP has called for the heads of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Chancellor Rishi Sunak – after they were hit with police fines.

The Tory duo are among a number of Downing Street figures to be rapped by the Met over ‘Partygate’ events during lockdown.

Now the SNP’s Siobhian Brown says both top names must quit after taking the people of her constituency “for fools.”

She said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must now resign.

“The Prime Minister repeatedly misled Parliament, lied, and took the people of Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon for fools – sometimes laughing about breaching the same laws we were all following to keep our family safe.

“Douglas Ross and the Scottish Tories are just as bad as he appears to be unable to grow a backbone and call on Boris Johnson to resign.

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Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown
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“In reality, Johnson and Sunak have overseen one of the biggest lockdown breaches that has led to the Metropolitan Police issuing a staggering number of fines for rule-breaking.

“The Prime Minister and Chancellor’s positions are untenable.

“They have insulted people in Ayr, Prestwick, and Troon who faithfully followed the rules that they set – even when that meant the heartbreak of not being present for the births, marriages or the deaths of loved ones.

“There simply cannot be one rule for the Tories and another for the rest of us.

“If Johnson and Sunak have a shred of dignity, they will finally do the right thing and resign now.

“On May 5, people in South Ayrshire can send a message to the Tories that they have had enough of this law-breaking government and vote SNP.”

In an apology this evening, Johnson said Britons had the “right to expect better” as he confirmed he had paid his ‘partygate’ fine in full.

His wife, Carrie, was among others to receive fixed penalty notices about events held in Downing Street during lockdown.

In an address to the nation tonight, Mr Johnson said “it did not occur to me” that a gathering in the Cabinet room on June 19, 2020 for his birthday “might have been a breach” of the strict Covid rules at the time.

He added: “I understand the anger that many will feel that I myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules that the Government I lead had introduced to protect the public.

“I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better.”

The PM added: “I want to get on and deliver the mandate that I have but also tackle the problems that the country must face right now and get on with delivering for the people of this country. That is my priority.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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