Douglas Ross calls for Boris Johnson to resign over party scandal
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After witnesses told the BBC the Prime Minister and his wife were among about 40 people who attended the “bring your own booze” event, the Prime Minister decided to admit to the rule-break and offer a “heartfelt apology”. Mr Johnson said: “I know the rage they feel with me and with the Government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself, the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules.”
At the time of the party, Britons were only allowed to meet one other person outdoors, group gatherings were banned, and those dying in hospitals were not allowed visitors. In a poll of 10,371 Express.co.uk readers, held today, 55 percent of voters said the Prime Minister should resign, while 45 percent said he should not.
One reader said: “Johnson should not be able to resign – he should be SACKED, and his seat should have a by-election!”
Another added that “Boris has just wiped out his own party,” while a third remarked: “I hope he resigns soon for the sake of our country.”
But many voters came to the defence of Mr Johnson, with one commenting: “If everyone in Government including our devolved areas, resigned every time they made a wrong or questionable decision. Then every few weeks we would have no Government anywhere at all. Totally unrealistic.”
Another voter, nicknamed ‘Old Reo’, said: “It was a ridiculous thing to do and of course everyone in the country is fuming, but he needs to be left to finish Covid and Brexit. He will be judged soon enough and before the next election.”
When asked if Mr Johnson’s apology for attending the garden party was enough to convince the public he should stay in office, out of the 10,227 voters that answered, 56 percent said his apology was not enough.
In comparison, 40 percent of voters said his apology was sufficient, and four percent were not sure.
Leader of the opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, said: “After months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who’s run out of road.
“His defence that he ‘didn’t realise’ he was at a party, it’s so ridiculous that it’s actually offensive to the British public.
“He’s finally been forced to admit what everyone knew, that when the whole country was locked down, he was hosting boozy parties in Downing Street. Is he now going to do the decent thing and resign?”
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One Express.co.uk voter, Quillan, remarked: “I can’t see anyone with integrity or decency voting for him or the Tories.
“Can’t see any pensioners voting for him or the Tories.
“Can’t see those honest hard-working people who swapped sides voting for him again. Perhaps for them the devil they know (Labour) is better than a government of self-serving liars and cheats who, once they got their vote, ignored them.”
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