Greens join calls for Prime Minister to resign

In the wake of ‘partygate’, Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer has called on Boris Johnson to resign, stating that the PM ‘is a threat to public health’.

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Evidence contradicts Boris Johnson's claim that there were no parties in Downing St last year

Following the Downing Street parties scandal, Green Party co-leader, Carla Denyer, has joined calls for Boris Johnson to resign.

Yesterday (9 December), it was announced that three parties held in Downing Street over the Christmas period will be subject to an official investigation in order to discern whether Covid regulations were breached.

The Prime Minister announced on Wednesday (8 December) that an inquiry would be carried out by senior civil servant Simon Case, following the emergence of a video from last year showing government staff joking about a party that took place on 18 December. That same day, 400 Covid deaths were reported. The following day, Boris Johnson announced ‘Tier Four’ restrictions for millions. Former Government spokesperson Allegra Stratton, who appears in the video, has subsequently resigned.

The Labour Party has called for the Prime Minister’s resignation in the event that he is found to have misled MPs about the No. 10 parties. Labour has also urged Commons Leader Jacob Rees Mogg to issue an apology over the comments he made at an event on Monday (6 December), the Conservative MP joking that those in attendance would not be ‘investigated by the police in a year’s time’. 

The Prime Minister maintains that no parties took place, stating that he has been ‘repeatedly assured’ that ‘there was no party and no Covid rules were broken’.

Carla Denyer commented: “The public have clearly lost trust in this government of corruption, incompetence and buffoonery, and a large majority want Boris Johnson to resign. They’re right. We can no longer face the risk of Boris Johnson leading this country through the pandemic.

“The Downing Street parties last Christmas, held while hundreds lay dying from Covid, is just another example of a Tory regime mired in scandal and sleaze. 

“This Prime Minister treats the public as fools. He believes that the resignation of the person who speaks on his behalf will somehow exonerate him. But dumping on staff members whose most serious error was in choosing to work for him just won’t wash. 

“The measures in Plan B are long overdue. Health experts such as the NHS Confederation, and the Green Party, have long called for measures such as working from home where possible and mandatory face mask-wearing in public indoor venues. But to announce these measures on the same day as partygate seems no coincidence. 

“Johnson has resisted introducing these common-sense measures because of pressure from his own backbenchers. Their attempts to block essential public-health measures have exacerbated each of the Covid waves and increased the number of avoidable deaths. 

“This disastrous Prime Minister is an embarrassment to this country and has done enough harm to justify resignation five times over by now. Through his own actions and inaction, his loss of public trust, and his willingness to bend to the will of his backbenchers, he is a threat to public health. He must go.”