Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross calls on Boris Johnson to resign
Calls for Boris Johnson’s resignation intensified after the Prime Minister apologized for attending an illegal party in No 10’s Garden at the height of the first lockdown.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has reportedly sent a letter of defiance of Mr Johnson’s leadership to the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, according to Sky News.
Although Mr Johnson apologized to the British public for his actions, Mr Ross said the Prime Minister’s position was “no longer tenable”.
A secret ballot would be called for Mr Johnson’s leadership if the 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady received letters from 15% of Tory MPs, or 54 of them.
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Adam Wagner – who is an expert on the Covid law – said Mr Johnson’s apology was “complete nonsense” and was only made to “save face”.
He also said: “The ultimate point is that at the time, if anyone had asked the Prime Minister or the Minister of Health if it was legal to organize an outside social work meeting for 100 people with alcohol and food, he would have answered with a very harsh “no.”
Rees-Mogg defends Boris Johnson: “He’s right over and over again”
Jacob Rees-Mogg has stood up for Boris Johnson and sacked members of the Conservative Party who called on him to step down as “still unhappy people”.
The Leader of the House of Commons told Times Radio: “I think the Prime Minister has done it right over and over again.
“But like all of us, he accepts that for a period of two and a half years there will be things that, in hindsight, would have been done differently.”
He rejected opinion polls which found majority support for Mr Johnson’s resignation and said the Tory MPs who called him to leave were “people who are still unhappy”.
He said: ‘These are people who never really supported the Prime Minister, two of those you mentioned have always been very opposed to him, and so you would expect them to be relatively cranky, and this is therefore not surprising.
“I think they are fundamentally wrong and misjudge where we are and what the Prime Minister has managed to do.”
Liam jamesJanuary 12, 2022 6:40 PM
The PM “bought time” by apologizing, according to a former adviser
A former Boris Johnson adviser said the Prime Minister’s apology for attending a drink during the lockdown was enough to “buy himself some time”.
Mr Johnson’s future is uncertain as he faces calls for resignation, even from senior members of his own party, and he awaits the outcome of an investigation into the Downing Street event which could reveal that laws have been broken.
Guto Harri, Mr Johnson’s former communications adviser when mayor of London, said the Prime Minister’s apology in the Commons today was convincing.
He told Sky News: “He had a kind of remorse, he was pretty clueless. Some people would have liked him to provide more context, others for more detail, some object to the context that ‘he tried to spit.
“But I think he’s done enough to alleviate this problem a bit … and buy himself some time to work on the constituency that matters most to him over the next few days: the Conservative MPs, because his fate is in their hands.
Liam jamesJanuary 12, 2022 6:20 PM
PM mocked allegation of ‘drinks at work’ on Twitter
Boris Johnson is mocked by social media users for claiming he thought the evening around drinks in Downing Street was a “professional event”.
British writer Michael Spicer joked: “I think parties and work events can be very similar.
“For example, I once confused a drink menu with a spreadsheet. And also a seventh mojito for a pen.
A tweet made by a parody account of Larry, the cat who resides at No.10 as the “chief mouse”, joked that the feline was considering escaping from Downing Street.
The account tweeted: ‘Wanted: New roommate for Westminster-based feline.
“The newly decorated house has excellent security, little-used offices and a large garden, suitable for hosting parties.”
“Larry” later posted, “Did you accidentally attend a cocktail party at your house that you were invited to, thinking it was actually a business meeting?” You may need legal representation… ”
Comedy Channel Dave mocked Mr Johnson’s statement, tweeting that he will appear and have you “swallow a pint” by saying “this is a professional event” three times in front of a mirror.
Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 6:00 PM
Scottish Conservative leader sends letter of no confidence to Prime Minister – report
Douglas Ross would have sent a letter of confidence in Boris Johnson executives, according to a report.
Sky News’ Scottish bureau chief James Matthews tweeted that he “understands” that the Scottish Tory leader sent the letter to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 committee of back-Tory MPs. ban.
A secret ballot would be called for Mr Johnson if Sir Graham received letters from 15% of Tory MPs, or 54 of them.
It comes after Mr Ross and his predecessor Jackson Carlaw called on Mr Johnson to step down as Prime Minister after admitting he was at a ‘work drinks’ party in the garden at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 during of the first Covid lockdown.
Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 5:40 PM
Questions about how the police may not have known about Party No10
Metropolitan Police are facing questions about how officers guarding Downing Street could have ignored Garden Rally No10.
Green colleague Baroness Jones is to write to Force and National Police Watchdog to ask if officers witnessed the event on May 20, 2020, and whether they reported it, a- she declared. The independent.
Here is the full story of the editor-in-chief of home affairs. Lizzie dearden
Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 5:24 PM
Former Scottish Tory leader agrees with successor PM should step down
The former Scottish Tory leader has said he agrees with his successor that Boris Johnson step down.
Jackson Carlaw, MSP Conservative from Eastwood, who was leading the party north of the border at the time the Downing Street party took place, said he agreed with Douglas Ross.
The Scottish Conservative leader between February and July 2020 said: “People in Eastwood and across the UK have made huge sacrifices to follow the rules.
“Since the Prime Minister has now confirmed that he attended a rule-breaking rally, he has lost the country’s confidence, so I think Douglas made the right decision and the Prime Minister should step down.”
Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 5:00 PM
Scottish Conservative leader calls on Johnson to step down
Douglas Ross is urging Boris Johnson to step down after admitting there had been a ‘bring your own booze’ party in Downing Street during the lockdown.
After Mr Johnson apologized in the House of Commons, Scottish Conservative leader Mr Ross said the Prime Minister’s position was “no longer tenable”.
He added: “I spoke to the Prime Minister this afternoon and explained my reasons and explained my position to him.”
The full story here of Ashley cowburn and Andrew Woodcock
Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 4:39 PM
Boris Johnson’s No 10 party explanation “would be mocked out of court”, lawyers say
The Prime Minister’s statement that he attended a big Downing Street party assuming it was a “business event” would be “laughed out of court”, lawyers said.
Adam Wagner, a lawyer specializing in Covid law, said: “The ultimate point is that at the time, if anyone had asked the Prime Minister or the Minister of Health if it was legal to have a social work meeting outside for 100 with alcohol and food, they would have answered with a very harsh “no”.
“All this saves face ex post facto.
“This is nonsense itself and it makes no sense given what the government was telling everyone to do at the time.”
Meanwhile, Raj Chada, a defense attorney, said of Mr Johnson’s excuse: “If a client had tried to use this, he would have been laughed at outside of court.”
Rory sullivanJanuary 12, 2022 4:10 PM
Raab not at party 10, spokesperson says
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab was not at the much criticized Downing Street party in May 2020, a spokesperson said.
They also dismissed as “categorically false” the suggestion to which Mr Raab was invited, a suggestion by Tory MP Simon Hoare, who said the party was organized in part to thank the Deputy Prime Minister for replacing Boris Johnson during illness.
Rory sullivanJanuary 12, 2022 4:00 PM
Cabinet “a bunch of utterly weak cowards,” says Campbell
Alistair Campbell launched a scathing attack on cabinet ministers, whom he called a “bunch of utterly weak cowards” for not breaking ranks with the Prime Minister over the lockdown party saga.
Listen to comments from Tony Blair’s former advisor here:
Alistair Campbell calls cabinet a “group of totally weak cowards”
Rory sullivanJanuary 12, 2022 3:53 PM