Starmer has ‘nowhere to go’ with resignation demand says Mason
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BBC News’ political correspondent Chris Mason questioned Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to call for Boris Johnson’s resignation. He noted that the Labour leader had left himself “with nowhere else to go” if the Prime Minister stays on in his role. this week the Labour leader has called on Mr Johnson to resign, saying on Saturday that it would be in the “national interest” for him to go.
He also urged Tories to get “rid of him” if he refuses.
Responding to this, Mr Mason said: “An interesting strategy because an opposition leader leaves themselves with no headroom, with nowhere else to go, if they call for a Prime Minister to go and they don’t.”
He then brought up Sir Keir’s own boozy lockdown activities, highlighting a picture of the Labour leader from last year which appeared to show him drinking a beer while chatting to party staff indoors.
At the time, England was in step two of the lockdown roadmap which banned indoor mixing between households unless it was for work.
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Mr Mason explained: “Incidentally, Sir Keir is partial himself to office-based refreshments that don’t involve milk and two sugars.
“Though, Labour said he was working and he didn’t break the rules.”
Sir Keir’s call for Mr Johnson’s resignation comes amid growing anger at the Prime Minister and the culture of rule-breaking at Downing Street.
The Labour leader said allegations of Covid-rule-breaking against Boris Johnson and his staff have left him “unable to lead”.
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He said: “We’re now a country paralysed by the weakness of the Prime Minister. In the national interest, he has to go.”
Six Tory MPs have called on the PM to resign over the so-called party-gate gatherings held during restrictions.
Mr Johnson has urged MPs to wait for the outcome of an investigation into lockdown gatherings by senior civil servant Sue Gray, which is expected as early as next week.
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On Thursday, it emerged that Downing Street staff held two parties the night before Prince Philip’s funeral and at a time when Covid restrictions banned indoor mixing.
On the same weekend, the Queen had pictured poignantly observing Covid restrictions at the funeral of her late husband.
Downing Street was forced to apologise to the Queen after details of the gatherings emerged.
Tory party chairman Oliver Dowden said the PM was committed to changing the culture in Downing Street.
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