Ross says 'go'

Johnson claims garden party was ‘work event’

Regret: Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson shielded calls from furious MPs calling for him to resign after he was forced to admit he went to a Downing Street “garden party” at the height of lockdown.

Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross and senior backbencher William Wragg demanded Mr Johnson step aside following his apology at Prime Minister’s Questions.

Mr Ross, an MP and an MSP, said he had a “difficult conversation” with Mr Johnson and said he would write to the 1922 Committee – which organises Tory leadership contests – to register his lack of confidence in the PM.

“He is the prime minister, it is his government that put these rules in place, and he has to be held to account for his actions,” he said.

Mr Johnson told the Commons that he attended the party in May 2020 because he wanted to “thank” staff, but acknowledged that it should not have happened.

He told MPs at the opening of PMQs that he understood public “fury”, but he had considered it a work event and technically within the rules.

Mr Johnson told the packed Commons chamber: “I want to apologise. I know that millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices over the last 18 months.

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