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HAVE YOUR SAY: Should Boris Johnson resign over Downing Street party claims?

 

The leader of the Scottish Conservatives has said that Boris Johnson must resign if he is found to have mislead Parliament over allegations of a party that took place in Downing Street while London was in Tier 3 of lockdown.

It comes as aide Allegra Stratton has resigned after leaked footage showed her and others apparently making a joke about the alleged party.

In a tearful statement outside her home, Ms Stratton apologised for her appearance in footage recorded just days after the alleged party.

She had been taking part in a mock press conference in preparation for the planned White House-style televised briefings she would front – a project which was ultimately abandoned.

In the footage obtained by ITV News, Ms Stratton and adviser Ed Oldfield, along with other aides, were filmed joking about a “fictional” Downing Street party.

A laughing Ms Stratton said: “This fictional party was a business meeting … and it was not socially distanced.”

Her appearance in the briefing room was in stark contrast to her emotional statement on Wednesday, where she told reporters: “My remarks seemed to make light of the rules, rules that people were doing everything to obey.

“That was never my intention. I will regret those remarks for the rest of my days and I offer my profound apologies to all of you at home for them.”

Ms Stratton, who had been working as Mr Johnson’s spokeswoman for the Cop26 climate summit, said she understood people’s “anger and frustration”.

“To all of you who lost loved ones, who endured intolerable loneliness and who struggled with your businesses, I am truly sorry and this afternoon I am offering my resignation to the Prime Minister.”

The Prime Minister has repeatedly denied that the party took place. So what's next for Boris Johnson?

What do you make of his recent actions?

Do you think he has been dishonest with the British public? Do you feel like he can be trusted moving forward?

Do you think he should resign?

If so, who do you think would be a suitable replacement (Sunak, Javid, Patel, Raab, Truss, Rees-Mogg)?


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