Boris Johnson faces calls to resign and is accused of holding the country in ‘contempt’ for lockdown parties at blazing PMQ

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Boris Johnson has been accused of “disrespecting” the country as he refused to resign following the launch of a police investigation into parties held under his roof at the height of the lockdown.

The number of reported parties in Downing Street now stands at 19 after it was revealed on Monday that a birthday celebration for Johnson was held during the first lockdown.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick confirmed on Tuesday that officers were now investigating a series of possible crimes committed over the last two years.

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Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, speaking in the House of Commons, said: “We now have the shameful spectacle of a UK Prime Minister subject to police investigation, unable to lead the country and unable to do the right thing.

“Every day that your Cabinet does not speak out, they become more and more complicit.”

He added: “Is this not a prime minister and a government that have shown nothing but disregard for the decency, honesty and respect that define this country?”

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Johnson repeatedly said he was “unable to comment” on the allegations while the police and civil service internal investigation was ongoing, but said: “We love this country and we are doing everything in our power to help this country.” country”.

“Of course he wants me out of the way, a lot of people may want me out of the way, but I tell you the reason he wants me out of the way because he knows this government can be trusted to deliver.”

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Concluding his remarks to Sir Keir, the prime minister criticized the Labor leader for opposing Brexit before adding: “The problem with the Labor Party today is that it is a lawyer, not a leader.”

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After the cheers subsided from the Tory benches, he continued: “We’ve made the hard decisions, we’ve got the big decisions right and we, and I in particular, are getting the job done.”

The internal civil service report on the events at Number 10 is expected to be sent to the Prime Minister later today.

Sources close to the investigation hope it will be released in full, though it is ultimately a matter for Johnson to decide.

The steady stream of complaints about alleged breaches of lockdown rules has undermined the prime minister, and many of his critics are awaiting Sue Gray’s report before deciding whether or not to send formal letters saying they don’t trust his leadership.

If Sir Graham Brady, Chairman of the 1922 Committee, receives 54 letters (15% of Conservative MPs), a vote on Johnson’s leadership would take place.

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

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