Boris Johnson has apologised for attending the May 26 Downing Street ‘party’ – and immediately faced calls to resign.
He accepted in the Commons that millions had been forbidden from seeing loved ones.
He was immediately urged to resign by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
He said he should have told people in the garden to come inside – but said he had gone out to pay thanks to staff instead.
The PM said he ‘bitterly regretted’ the decisions made at the time.
Starmer called it pathetic – and urged him to ‘do the decent thing and resign’.
Sir Keir said: “There we have it. After months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of road. His defence … that he didn’t realise he was at a party is so ridiculous that it’s actually offensive to the British public.
“He’s finally been forced to admit what everyone knew, that when the whole country was locked down he was hosting boozing parties in Downing Street. Is he now going to do the decent thing and resign?”
Boris Johnson said: “I appreciate the point that he’s making about the event that I attended. I want to repeat that I thought it was a work event and I regret very much that we did not do things differently that evening.
“I take responsibility and I apologise. But as for his political point, I don’t think that he should pre-empt the outcome of the inquiry. He will have a further opportunity, I hope, to question me as soon as possible.”
The Partygate scandal has seen some of his own party members call for him to go – and one cabinet minister has told the Times the party is ‘****ed* if he does not sort the situation out.
The party was held at the height of lockdown measures implemented by Mr Johnson’s government, at a time where people were restricted to meeting just one other person outside.
There has been growing calls for Mr Johnson to resign if these revelations are proven, including from Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Angela Rayner MP.
Mrs Rayner has said Boris Johnson’s position would be ‘untenable’ if it is proved that he had attended parties in contravention to lockdown rules.
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