Downing Street party: Minister who lost babies in pandemic criticises Boris Johnson
By SEAMLESS DAILY
14 January 2022
A minister whose baby twins died during the pandemic says Boris Johnson "needs to change his ways", following a string of revelations about drinks parties at No 10 during lockdown.
Guy Opperman said that in May 2020- when the PM attended a garden party- he could not visit his wife and sons in hospital due to Covid rules.
But Mr Opperman told the BBC that Boris Johnson should stay in post.
No 10 has urged critical MPs to wait for senior civil servant Sue Gray to finish her report into lockdown gatherings.
Earlier this week Mr Johnson acknowledged that he attended a drinks gathering on 20 May 2020 but insisted he believed it was a work event.
Downing Street has also apologised to Buckingham Palace after it emerged two staff parties were held at No 10 on the night before Prince Philip's funeral.
Instead, his deputy spokesperson told journalists : "It's deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning, and No 10 has apologised to the palace for that."
"i was not able to support them.
"And I 've got constituents who couldn't go to the care homes, to funerals who were obviously obeying the rules and quite clearly in No 10 at that time there were a number of people not behaving appropriately.
he said sue gray's report would be the time to "consider what has happened".
Elsewhere the former head of the government's Covid taskforce has apologised for attending a leaving drinks at the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2020 when she left the civil service.
Kate Josephs, who is now the chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said she was "truly sorry" for "the anger that people will feel".
Conservative MPs will hold crisis talks over the weekend about how to respond to allegations of a party culture in Westminster while the rest of the country was in lockdown.
Mark Rowley, chairman of the Kettering Conservative Association, said : "At a local level, we 're losing members.
People are just not renewing their membership, or they ’ re actively cancelling their membership.
"Personally, I think he should resign," he said, adding that he had written to the Conservative chair, Oliver Dowden, to express his members' “ dismay ”.
"Some of the members, the longstanding members, are being very vocal about saying he ought to go," he said, although added he would be waiting until the result of Gray's investigation before taking a stance.
He declined to say whether Johnson would apologise in person to the Queen at his next private audience with her, but said the prime minister recognised the public's "significant anger".
The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, said : "An apology isn't the only thing the prime minister should be offering the palace today.
Two leaving parties in No 10, details of which emerged in the Daily Telegraph, involved a case of wine bottles, and continued into the early hours of the morning in the Downing Street garden.
The prime minister did not attend the parties, and his spokesperson said he was not aware they were taking place.
Several MPs including the Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross, and the backbencher Andrew Bridgen have called for Johnson to resign.
One minister said it could still go either way.
But the minister said equally Johnson was at a point of “ very great danger ”.
Backbench Conservative MPs said on Friday that his departure had most likely been hastened by the latest revelations.
MPs said they would be having calls and Zoom meetings over the weekend to discuss strategy.
After the extraordinary revelation that party-going staff took a suitcase full of booze into Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral, the Prime Minister ’ s spokesman faced an excruciating question on Friday.
"What sort of suitcase are we talking about ?"
This week, on the day Johnson uttered his sorry-not-sorry mea culpa for the "Bring Your Own Booze" party, the House of Commons adjourned at 3.30pm.
That wasn't a one-off.
MPs literally have little to do in Parliament, given the dearth of Government business and legislation.
Anger over Johnson's habit of "getting away with it" on sleaze is damaging enough, but broken promises of “ getting the job done ” on policy is the broader risk for the Tories as a whole.
Under one plan, after a 90 minute pause to digest its contents, the Chancellor could launch the bombshell news of his resignation, a move that would spark an avalanche of letters triggering a vote of confidence in the PM.
That ’ s showbiz, I guess.
Namely, do you reckon one of the reasons we did so badly was because you lot were trashed half the time?
And yet, the events begin returning to him.
The filthy snout … Then again, the one thing the Downing Street staff don't seem to have been overburdened by after these many, many parties is a sense of shame.
"A ripple … The monster was heading up from the bottom of the lake!
Switch on the telly, to take the old mind off it.
Live footage of the 94-year-old Queen sitting utterly alone at her husband ’ s funeral.
Meanwhile, today's Sue Gray leak indicated that the civil servant investigating the multiple parties would find insufficient evidence of criminality.
Perhaps you caught him this week declaring that "HR does not apply to ministers", and calling the leader of the Scottish Tories a “ lightweight figure ”.
What would this contraption have looked like?
If things carry on at this rate, it won't be long before the Conservative party decides to Build Back Borisless.
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