Downing Street
Downing Street

Thank you for contacting me in light of the recent news regarding the Prime Minister’s disregard of his own Covid-19 rules last Christmas. I share your absolute shock and fury towards a Government who have proven once again they think there is one rule for them and one for everyone else.

Instead of leading the country, the PM is leading a cover-up of a party in Downing Street. The Prime Minister should be ashamed, his Downing Street 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.

It has become evident that the current Government is willing to disregard the truth when it suits them. This is a very dangerous precedent and one that I am working with my Labour colleagues to end.

Last year while the British people followed the rules and had to make deep personal sacrifices, the PM’s staff laughed about covering up their Christmas party and took the public for fools. On the very same day 489 people died of COVID.

At a time when the country is facing a new variant and the Government is imposing new restrictions, the Prime Minister has lost the moral authority to ask people to stick to the rules. This is a basic issue of leadership – the PM has failed.

Labour has called on Boris Johnson to hand over everything his Government knows about parties in Downing Street to the Metropolitan Police.
Over and over again, this Government shows total contempt for the rules. Let’s not forget, they defended Dominic Cummings when he mocked the British people by breaking lockdown rules and handed billions of pounds of taxpayer money to their donors and friends during Covid-19.

Or when rather than respecting the independent commissioner, the Tories conspired to change the rules to save their chum Owen Paterson. Boris Johnson took the shocking decision to try and scrap the Standards Committee and replace it with one run by one of their MPs. The shocking double standards don’t just damage the Tory Party they damage the public’s faith in our democracy. Boris Johnson and his MPs are trying to take all of us for fools.

As your MP I will continue to hold this Government accountable for its ever-growing list of hypocrisies and failures.

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