Boris Johnson insists the UK needs to withdraw from the party after Sue Gray’s report uncovered a number of events disrupting the closure on Downing Street.
Said the Prime Minister he took “full responsibility” for the scandal, but declined repeated calls to resign in an effort to downplay his personal involvement in the meetings.
He said the “overwhelming majority” believes he should remain in office despite public anger at the “bitter and painful” findings of the investigation.
Mr. Johnson apologized for attending his own birthday during the first closing, for which he was fined by police, but said he was not fined for any other activities.
The full report is postponed for four months separately There is a police investigationgave a stunning view – with photos – of 16 parties on Downing Street and Whitehall that took place during the COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021.
• Large numbers of people attended events and violated COVID guidelines
• Staff felt unable to express concerns about behavior
• Alcohol abuse reported, one person became ill, a fight broke out
• Drunkenness was reported and staff were asked to go through the back door
• One event lasted until 4.20 am
• Top management – political and official – should be responsible for culture
• Those in most junior positions attended meetings attended or organized by seniors
• There were “numerous examples” of lack of respect and mistreatment of security guards and cleaners.
In a statement after the “bring your drink” party, which invited 200 people in May 2020, Martin Reynolds, the prime minister’s chief private secretary, said: “We seem to have lost our temper. [it]».
It turned out that Ms. Gray refused to investigate the “Abba party” at Mr. Johnson’s apartment dedicated to the departure of Dominic Cummings, the prime minister’s chief adviser, in November 2020 because she gathered only “limited” information when the Met began investigation. .
She found that Mr. Johnson was present and that alcohol and food were being offered.
Prime Minister with a call of apology
Mr Johnson said much of the report was “news” to me because he said he was unaware of the many developments that had taken place since his own brief speeches. He said he was “horrified” when he found out about them.
He told a Downing Street news conference: “I understand why people are outraged and why people were angry at what happened.”
Under pressure from Sky News political editor Beth Rigby as to whether he was ever thinking of resigning, he said: “I for the most part believe that my job is to work and do.
“No matter how bitter and painful the conclusions from this were – and they are – and no matter how humble they may be, I must keep moving forward and the government must keep moving. And we must.”
The Prime Minister also denied the lie to the House of Commons, when he had previously told MPs that all the rules were followed, insisting that at the time he really believed in it.
As Mr Johnson tries to move away from the party gate, the Treasury confirmed that the chancellor will announce further plans for the cost of living on Thursday – postponed from early June.
The wrath of the Tories is growing
Cabinet ministers, including Foreign Minister Liz Trass and Justice Minister Dominique Raab, lined up to offer their support to the prime minister.
But longtime Conservative critic and Conservative MP Tobias Elwood asked the prime minister: “Could he come up with another prime minister who would allow such a culture of indiscipline to take place under their supervision, and if it did, they wouldn’t go resign? “
Conservative MP Julian Stardy later tweeted that he believed Gray’s report showed that “it is now in the public interest to resign as prime minister”.
Labor is calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said the report “will remain a monument to the arrogance and arrogance of the government, which believes it was one rule for them and another for everyone else”.
He told Mr Johnson it was “time to pack your bags” and the Tories “set the bar for his behavior lower than the snake’s belly”.
The Prime Minister, in turn, called Sir Keira “Sir Beer Corm” in connection with the investigation he is facing in connection with the alleged breach of the blockade regime in Durham.
Mr Johnson also denied asking Ms Gray if she needed to publish her report after police completed an investigation last week.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davy said: “Any other prime minister would be forced to resign because of a malicious report like this, but still Conservative MPs are defending Johnson and allowing him to hold on.”