As the ‘partygate’ scandal continues, Boris Johnson is facing increasing calls to hand in his resignation.
Councillor George Farquhar who is the Labour councillor for Boscombe East & Pokesdown is “disgusted” with the Prime Minister after the recent update in the ‘partygate’ scandal.
Mr Farquhar said: “I think it is incredibly disappointing. I am disgusted with the nature of the man who would totally disregard the Nolan principles, the most important one being selflessness.
“Boris Johnson has not been selfless, nor has he offered himself up for scrutiny to make him accountable for his actions.
“I believe that if a criminal act has taken place, then the minister has to resign. You cannot have criminals in a ministerial position.”
There have also been concerns, raised by Labour, of the investigation process into the PM’s conduct.
Mr Farquhar added: “This is a criminal investigation, otherwise the Police would not be involved. This has moved away from and internal investigation and is now a broader inquiry into Boris Johnson’s gross misconduct.
“The injustice is that the PM will be deciding if he gets any sanctions based on the reports. It’s a circular methodology but thats the nature of the tories.”
Bournemouth MP, Conor Burns, told Channel 4 News that the Prime Minister’s lockdown-breaking birthday gathering at 10 Downing Street was not “premeditated.”
“He was ambushed with a cake.”
A Conservative MP says that a birthday celebration held in Downing Street for Boris Johnson wasn’t a “premeditated party”.
Conor Burns tells @cathynewman that he supports Boris Johnson and that “the public will ultimately judge”. pic.twitter.com/EGy0lcxXLA
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 25, 2022
The MP for Bournemouth West defended the PM’s actions, claiming that he was “ambushed with a cake”.
Mr Burns said: “It was not a premeditated, organised party in that sense, in that the Prime Minister himself decided to have [invitations] sent out. He was ambushed with a cake.
“They came to his office with a cake and sang happy birthday to him. I don’t think most people looking at that at home would characterise that as a party.”
The Sue Gray report is expected to be published next week. The findings of the Gray report could prove hugely damaging for Boris Johnson.
As the 'partygate' scandal continues, Boris Johnson is facing increasing calls to hand in his resignation.