Boris faces MPs

Ross says PM must quit if he lied over parties

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Douglas Ross: a need for honesty (pic: Terry Murden)

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said that if Boris Johnson attended the Downing Street garden party at the height of the first lockdown he should resign. 

Mr Ross said he was “furious” about the party which took place on 20 May 2020 and is said to have been attended by about 30 advisers and other guests, including the PM and Carrie Symonds, his fiancee at the time.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also expressed her anger adding that “the office of Prime Minister would be greatly enhanced by Boris Johnson’s departure from it”.

Mr Johnson has so far avoided questions – and a Commons grilling – over whether he did attend the drinks reception, organised by his permanent private secretary Martin Reynolds.

However, he will face MPs at PMQs on Wednesday when the accusations against him will also come from his backbenchers.

Two opinion polls suggest that a majority of voters now want him to quit, with one showing 66% in favour of his resignation.

The government’s response to date has been to await the outcome of an inquiry by senior civil servant Sue Gray who is now looking at seven or eight similar events in Downing Street.

Mr Ross, MP for Moray as well as being an MSP, came under pressure from the Scottish Labour and LibDem leaders to submit a letter of no confidence in Mr Johnson.

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