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Boris Johnson keeps clinging to power, refuses to resign


A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliamentís Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking during Prime Ministerís Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London on January 12, 2022. (Via AFP)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will not resign against the backdrop of a scandal involving lockdown-breaking parties at his Downing Street office and residence during the coronavirus pandemic.

Answering questions in the House of Commons on Tuesday, a new war of words erupted between the premier and the opposition leader over the parties held at Downing Street and other government offices in a breach of Covid lockdowns.

Johnson was grilled and accused by Labour leader Keir Starmer of changing his story over the gatherings and misleading the parliament.

Asked if he would step down, Johnson, who has survived scandals throughout his career, replied, "No." "I donít deny it, and for all sorts of reasons, many people may want me out of the way, but the reason why he (Starmer) wants me out of the way is because he knows this government can be trusted to deliver," the premier told lawmakers. "Weíve taken the tough decisions, weíve got the big calls right and weíre and in particular I am getting on with the job."

Johnson, however, agreed that ministers who knowingly misled the parliament should quit.

The prime minister is accused of lying to the parliament about attending parties thrown by his aides at the height of the lockdown. The latest revelation about such gatherings is about Johnsonís birthday party that was attended by dozens of people in June 2020. It was held during Britainís first lockdown.
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On Tuesday, Londonís Metropolitan Police launched a criminal probe into the lockdown parties. Met Commissioner Cressida Dick acknowledged deep public concern about allegations of the lockdown parties in breach of the governmentís own Covid guidelines. The London police had previously faced sharp criticism for rejecting calls to look into the claims.

The Labour and other opposition parties are upping pressure on Johnson to quit over the Downing Street scandal. Others are stepping up pressure on colleagues to submit letters of no confidence in the prime minister. Some of his 359 Conservative Party lawmakers have so far called for him to resign.

Johnsonís office, however, described the latest party as a brief gathering by staff to wish him a happy birthday. But reports said he and his staff were flouting the rules they imposed on the British public.

 

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