Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were fined today for violating lockdown laws. Boris Johnson is said to be the first Prime Minister to commit a crime while in office. No one should be permitted to remain Prime Minister or Chancellor if they break the law, in my opinion. While No. 10 was celebrating in the Downing Street grounds, I was working 12-hour shifts in the NHS, wearing full PPE, in hallways that had begun to resemble battlefields.
My coworkers and I were fighting to rescue lives in May of 2020. There were far too many patients and insufficient personnel. Downing Street is full of “people working fantastically hard under incredible hardship,” according to Boris Johnson. I don’t think their positions were more stressful in 2020 than our front-line jobs were.
We were at the coalface, saving people’s lives, while officials of this government were partying and drinking. It was a dreadful period. We had no intention of becoming drunk. All we wanted to do was see our loved ones. We couldn’t do anything to alleviate the stress.
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Was Boris Johnson Deceiving the House of Commons
New proof that a party was held on government property on November 13, 2020, is particularly significant because it brings into play another element of the ministerial code: the section that makes deceiving parliament a resigning offense.
The date of November 13 is significant because the prime minister has been questioned in the House of Commons about it. On December 8, 2021, Labour MP Catherine West asked the prime minister if he would tell the House if a party had been held that day, and the prime minister said that he would.
What Is the Outcome of Sue Gray’s Investigation
According to the report, Mr. Johnson’s government’s “top leadership” must “carry responsibility” for the culture that led to the violation of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. “Leaders from the government were present at the events that I examined,” Ms. Gray added. Many of these incidents should never have occurred.”
The Metropolitan Police have issued 126 penalties for rule violations in No 10 and Whitehall, with the Prime Minister receiving only a single fixed-penalty notice for his birthday celebrations. However, the senior civil servant’s investigation into Mr. Johnson’s leadership criticized the wider culture that had developed.
She claimed that some of the less senior officials who attended the parties “believed that their participation in some of these gatherings was permissible given the presence of top authorities.” “This culture must be the responsibility of the senior leadership at the center, both political and formal,” Ms. Gray added. During the events, she also said there were “many incidents of a lack of respect and poor treatment of security and cleaning employees,” which she called “unacceptable.”
“Many people will be shocked that such behavior occurred at the highest levels of government,” she remarked. “The public has a right to expect the greatest standards of conduct in such venues, and what occurred certainly fell well short of this.”
Boris Johnson Is Expected to Step Down
Mr. Johnson has been aggressive in his response to Partygate so far, so the complete report’s release is unlikely to cause him to leave.
Since he was only fined once for his role in the affair, the Prime Minister’s supporters have been growing in confidence that he will survive. However, prior to the report’s release, veteran MP Sir Roger Gale reiterated his call for Mr. Johnson to go, telling Times Radio that Mr. Johnson “misled us from the despatch box.”
“I believe the PM deceived the House of Commons from the despatch box,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s a matter of resignation.” My personal position has been stated. My Conservative parliamentary colleagues must now determine whether or not to call a confidence vote.” Boris Johnson is expected to step down.
Mr. Johnson has been aggressive in his response to Partygate so far, so the complete report’s release is unlikely to cause him to leave. Since he was only fined once for his role in the affair, the Prime Minister’s supporters have been growing in confidence that he will survive. However, prior to the report’s release, veteran MP Sir Roger Gale reiterated his call for Mr. Johnson to go, telling Times Radio that Mr. Johnson “misled us from the despatch box.”
“I believe the PM deceived the House of Commons from the despatch box,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s a matter of resignation.” My personal position has been stated. My Conservative parliamentary colleagues must now determine whether or not to call a confidence vote.”
What Are the Chances of A Vote of No Confidence Being Successful
The devastating findings might provoke a revolt among Tory MPs, who have been waiting for the report’s release to determine their loyalty. It might lead to a flood of no-confidence letters from Tory MPs, who are fed up with Mr. Johnson’s lack of response to Partygate.
However, 54 Conservative MPs must have signed a letter in order for a no-confidence vote to be called, and only a few have publicly admitted to doing so. Sir Roger Gale, Caroline Nokes, and Tobias Ellwood are among the notable critics among them. If a no-confidence vote is called, the Prime Minister will need the support of 181 Conservatives to maintain his job. Otherwise, the PM will be prevented from running in the leadership election. The election of a new leader typically takes many months.
The recent local election results, in which the Conservatives lost over 500 seats, may cause MPs to rethink their support for Mr. Johnson. However, the crisis in Ukraine may continue to protect the Prime Minister, with numerous Tory MPs – even ardent critics – insisting that a leadership election cannot be held while the Russian invasion is ongoing.