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Ross says Johnson should quit if he misled MPs
Douglas Ross: annoyed and disappointed (pic: Terry Murden)
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross says Boris Johnson must resign if he misled parliament about a Christmas party at Downing Street.
Mr Ross said he was “angry, annoyed and really disappointed” after the video of a mock news conference was released yesterday.
His comments came ahead of the resignation of £125,000 a year government adviser Allegra Stratton who was featured laughing and joking in the video.
In a tearful statement outside her London home, she said would “regret the remarks for the rest of my days” and offered her “profound apologies” to the public.
Mr Ross said that there had clearly been a party of some sort last Christmas, which would have been against Covid rules in place at the time. The affair undermined public trust in government restrictions, he said.
The prime minister today said he was “furious” and apologised after the video emerged showing Downing Street staff making light of how they might deal with press enquiries.
Allegra Stratton has resigned s over her role (click on image to watch video)
He said the government’s top civil servant Simon Case – who is not believed to have attended the party – would be looking into the situation.
Mr Johnson said he was ‘sickened’ and ‘disciplinary action’ would be taken against any staff found to have breached the regulations, but insisted he had been ‘repeatedly’ assured the rules had been followed.
“I can understand how infuriating it must be to think that people who have been setting the rules have not been following the rules because I was also furious to see that clip,” Mr Johnsons told MPs.
“I apologise unreservedly for the offence that it has caused up and down the country and I apologise for the impression that it gives.