RESIGNATION DEMANDS: Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson following allegations of boozy party at Downing Street
RESIGNATION DEMANDS: Pressure mounts on Boris Johnson after allegations of a boozy party at Downing Street.
MP's were in tears today as they slammed new reports that Boris Johnson attended a lockdown-busting alcohol event at Number 10.
Angry MPs urged that the PM quit after the latest allegation of rule-breaking, but he escaped a tense Commons grilling this afternoon. Asked about the "bring your own booze" party, Minister Michael Ellis, who was sent in his place, asserted that the PM was "going nowhere."
On May 20, 2020, the PM and Carrie reportedly attended "socially distanced cocktails" hosted by top No10 official Martin Reynolds. At a news briefing only minutes before the 6 p.m. gathering, Brits were advised to observe the guidelines by keeping outside gatherings to two persons.
MPs chastised Mr Johnson for refusing to address questions in person - and lambasted him in his absence - during a tense Commons debate.
Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson's no-show "speaks volumes" and branded it "incredibly disappointing"
Mr. Ellis, the Paymaster General, was jeered when he was wheeled out on his behalf, with opposition MPs shouting, "Where's the Prime Minister?"
However, he refused to discuss the party's specifics since senior civil servant Sue Gray is investigating it.
Scotland Yard has also made contact with the Cabinet Office, indicating that a police probe is possible.
Mr Ellis, however, fired back at calls for Mr Johnson to resign:
"The Prime Minister retains the confidence of the people of this country and he did so two years ago with the biggest majority in decades."
Last night, Downing Street was rocked by the revelation that Mr Reynolds had sent a bombshell email inviting more than 100 No10 workers to after-work drinks. The Prime Minister's spokesman would to say whether Mr Johnson had broken the law this morning, instead pointing to prior statements declaring his innocence.
Mr Johnson refused to say whether he attended the May 20 cocktail party yesterday.
After the Speaker decided that Mr Johnson had questions to answer and permitted time for a discussion, Labour MPs let loose in the Commons chamber this Tuesday lunchtime.
RESIGNATION DEMANDS: Pressure mounts
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