Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour MP for Tooting in south London and an NHS doctor, spoke of holding an iPad up so three children could say goodbye to their dying mother in hospital
A Labour MP asked how Boris Johnson slept at night as she recalled weeping behind her mask while working in intensive care.
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan grilled the Prime Minister during a testy PMQs this afternoon, telling him that the country was “angry”.
The MP for Tooting blasted the PM for allegedly allowing parties in Downing Street while the country was locked down, and while people were dying of coronavirus.
“Last Christmas while we were in lockdown, millions of people were unable to be with their families, thousands of people waved through their care home windows at loved ones wishing them a merry Christmas from the side of the road, people died without that last touch from their daughters, their sons, their wives,” Dr Allin-Khan said.
“Working in intensive care I wept behind my mask as three children talking to their dying mother on an iPad begged her to wake up.
“Countless children now growing up without parents while parties were held at No 10.
“This is disgraceful, this is an insult to everyone who followed the rules, it is an insult to everyone who wasn’t allowed to say their final goodbye.
“This happened on the Prime Minister’s watch so my question is very simple: How does the Prime Minister sleep at night?”
Mr Johnson replied: “If you ask me how I sleep at night, the answer is of course I take full responsibility and personal responsibility for everything that this Government has done, but I must say the way forward for this country now is to focus on the position we are in and above all to get our vaccinations as we fast as we possibly can.
“We’re in a much better position this year than we were last year.”
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The Prime Minister has come under intense criticism today from those who lost loved ones during the second lockdown last year.
Rob Kelleher said his father, 88-year-old Sidney Robert Kelleher, was admitted into hospital on December 18 and died on January 10, without seeing a member of his family again in person.
“It was the date (of the alleged party) that triggered all of this because in our mind that is the very last day anybody’s seen my dad,” Mr Kelleher, 65, said.
“My mam is sitting at home not watching the telly or even having the radio on because she just can’t deal with this.”
He said the stories of the alleged party at Downing Street had left him “crushed” and added: “I just feel so lost and angry.”
The pressure on Johnson in the House of Commons was intense and sustained this afternoon.
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford continued to call for the Prime Minister to resign as he said “authoritative reports” now suggested three parties has taken place in Downing Street last December.
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Raising a point of order, Mr Blackford said: “People throughout these islands have been watching this debate today, people feel revulsion at the stories that have emerged, in particular the video last night.
“What is worse Prime Minister, what is worse Mr Speaker, is that there are now authoritative reports of not just one, not just two, but three different Downing Street parties during lockdown last Christmas, including one in the Prime Minister’s flat?
“What do we have to do on this side of the House to make sure the Prime Minister takes responsibilities for his breach of trust, for the breach of Covid regulations, and he does the right thing on behalf of all the people on these islands, and he resigns right now?”
Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said: “Can I just say it is a very tense moment for the House and I just want to try and calm it down. What I would just say is we can’t continue a debate after it has already gone on.
“What I would say is I am not aware of any media attention, what I would also say is it is not for me to rule on something that happens in Downing Street. What I would say is you have got it on record and we can leave it at that.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.