MPs urge Boris Johnson to quit after Sue Gray party probe finds ‘failure of leadership’ in Downing Street

Boris Johnson has been branded “not fit to govern” by Sunderland MPs, following the latest revelations on lockdown-busting Downing Street parties.

By James Harrison
Monday, 31st January 2022, 6:22 pm

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“Failures of leadership” and “excessive consumption of alcohol” were among the highlights of the 12-page initial report published today - although the Metropolitan Police will have to complete its own investigation before the full findings have the opportunity to be made public.

For Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliot, the case is already clear that it is time for Boris Johnson to quit as Prime Minister.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31: Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to make a statement at Parliament on January 31, 2022 in London, England. No 10 has now received a version of the report into lockdown parties in Downing Street. A Cabinet Office spokesperson has confirmed that Sue Gray has provided an update on her investigations to the prime minister. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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She said: “The findings of the interim report published by Sue Gray today reinforce my belief that Boris Johnson is not fit to govern, and that he should resign.

“It is clear that the Prime Minister is unwilling to tell the truth about the endless list of parties that took place in Downing Street.

“We abided by the rules, he ignored them - our country deserves so much better.”

Julie Elliott

Of 16 separate gatherings across Downing Street and wider Government between May 15, 2020, and April 16 last year investigated by Gray, 12 are now being probed by the Metropolitan Police.

It concludes that a “number of these gatherings should not have been allowed to take place”.

However, the report also conceded it is currently “not possible at present to provide a meaningful report” due to the force’s ongoing investigation.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson, called the latest update on the ‘Partygate’ saga “utterly damning”.

She added: “[Boris Johnson] still does not believe himself to be accountable and continues to make excuses for the indefensible.

“I do not believe he has the trust of the nation as Prime Minister.”

This was also backed by Easington MP Grahame Morris, who called Johnson’s position “untenable” and urged Conservative MPs to force him from office if he refuses to resign.

Speaking in the House of Commons however, the Prime Minister insisted he would stick around, promising “I get it and I will fix it” in addressing claims the Downing Street operation is “fragmented and complicated” and that this had led to the “blurring of lines of accountability”.

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