On the day that PM Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have been fined by the police for breaking Covid lockdown laws, the leader of Wirral Council has called on the leader of the Wirral Conservatives to join her in calling for the resignation of Johnson and Sunak.
Johnson’s fine makes him the UK’s first-ever serving prime minister to be found guilty of breaking the law, but neither Mr Johnson nor Mr Sunak has offered to resign.
Mr Johnson said, with apparent lack of awareness of the laws he himself introduced, “In all frankness, at that time it did not occur to me that this might have been a breach of the rules.”
Currently, MPs are on their Easter break and due to this are unable to discuss the matter at Westminster. All of the main opposition parties have now demanded that Parliament be recalled.
Wirral Council leader, Cllr Janette Williamson has written a letter to the leader of the Wirral Conservatives, Cllr Tom Anderson, asking him to join her in calling for the resignation of Johnson and Sunak. At the time of publication of this article, it is understood that Cllr Anderson has not responded to Cllr Williamson.
A petition has been set up today, calling for the resignation of both PM Johnson and Chancellor Sunak. At the time of publication of this article, it had reached 160,000 signatures. https://www.change.org/p/borisjohnson-and-rishisunak-broke-the-law-they-have-to-resign-partygate
Below is the council leader’s letter in full:
Dear Councillor Anderson
I am writing to you this afternoon regarding the confirmation that both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer have been handed fines for hosting/attending parties during Covid lockdown.
It is an appalling and shameful day for them both – and for our country. Britain deserves better than this.
Throughout the lockdown, people in Wirral obeyed the rules. We did what we were asked to do. We looked after each other as best we could, and we all made sacrifices. Hundreds of local families were unable to be with their loved ones when they died and were unable to even attend the funeral.
Thousands of people were unable to visit elderly relatives in care homes, hug them and comfort them. I am angry at Johnson and Sunak. Because whilst Wirral residents were doing the right thing, they were breaking the rules and partying in Downing Street. This is surely unforgivable.
Will you and your local Conservative Association join me in publicly calling for the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to both resign with immediate effect?
Councillor Janette Williamson