Hitchin and Harpenden’s Lib Dems have called on Boris Johnson to resign as the damning Sue Gray report is published and the Partygate scandal comes to a head.
The local Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of “failing the country” and added that while thousands in Hitchin and Harpenden made sacrifices, Boris Johnson’s Number 10 partied.
The Liberal Democrats have also branded Conservative MPs supporting Boris Johnson as “insulting local people’s sacrifices.”
The Sue Gray report includes pictures of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak together at a birthday party. The report came with a damning line to Boris Johnson’s Government saying, “the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture.”
Responding to the news, Sam Collins, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Hitchin and Harpenden, said:
“The Sue Gray report is an insult to the sacrifices people in Hitchin and Harpenden have made during the pandemic. We have all seen the pictures. It's clear they think they can take the British public for fools.
People in this constituency made heartbreaking decisions not to see their relatives and abide by the rules. Now we learn Downing Street was the scene of raucous parties and disgraceful behaviour. It is time for Johnson to do the decent thing and resign.
At the next election here it will be a clear choice between Boris Johnson’s Conservative candidate and the hard working local Liberal Democrats. It is time we restored decency and integrity to our politics and finally get rid of this out of touch Conservative Government.”
Responding to the Sue Gray report, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:
“This report lays bare the shocking failures of leadership by Boris Johnson and shows why he's not fit to be prime minister of our country.
Johnson has dragged his entire government through the mud to protect his own job.
He didn’t care while he laughed and broke the rules while the country was in lockdown. And he doesn’t care now when every household in Britain faces eye-watering costs at the petrol pumps, sky-rocketing food prices and massive energy bills.
Any other Prime Minister would be forced to resign by a report as damaging as this, yet still Conservative MPs defend the Prime Minister and allow him to cling on.”