Thank you for writing to me regarding the conduct of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. I share your absolute shock and fury towards a Government that has proven time and again they think there is one rule for them and one for everyone else.
This week the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer finally received the fixed penalty notice for breaching his own COVID-19 rules, in all likelihood this will be the first of several. Over 30 penalties have now been imposed, once again highlighting the culture of parties and rule breaking we now know was rife within Downing Street during the lockdown. The Met have indicated there is likely more to come, but these penalties are enough to confirm what we already knew.
However even in the face of criminal charges Boris Johnson and his supporters have had the audacity to try and downplay these very serious charges.
Not only has the Prime Minister been clearly identified as a COVID-19 rule breaker, but he has broken the ministerial code by continually misleading the House of Commons.
On both counts, the Prime Minister is guilty and therefore should do the right thing and resign.
People across the country sacrificed seeing friends and family, attending weddings and funerals or even visiting loved ones in times of crisis. At the same time, Boris Johnson broke his own rules repeatedly and now doesn’t have the conviction to fully admit to his own mistakes and resign.
We know this is a man who has no regard for public standards, decency or the moral authority that should come with holding high office.
Instead of leading the country, the PM led a cover-up in Downing Street. Boris Johnson should be ashamed, his Downing Street office couldn’t even follow the rules. This is far from an isolated incident and instead is part of a growing pattern of sleaze and hypocrisy at the heart of Boris Johnson’s Government. Over the last few months I have been horrified by the amount of misinformation and in some cases barefaced lies I have seen presented as fact in Parliament.
Thank you again for contacting me about this disgraceful revelation. People suffered unimaginable loneliness, hurt and grief during the pandemic, the Prime Ministers partying is so hurtful to all of them.
I will continue to hold the Prime Minister and his Government accountable for their words and actions, and work every day to replace them as the next Government. Thank you again for bringing your concerns to my attention and for taking action yourself to call him out.