PMQs: Blackford tells PM to resign in wake of Sue Gray report
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The SNP Westminster Leader persisted in his calls for Boris Johnson to resign as a consequence of the partygate scandal. Ian Blackford failed to hold back his criticisms of the Prime Minister ahead of the formal statement concerning the Sue Gray report, which has now been delivered to Downing Street. Mr Blackford said: “For eight months we’ve heard every excuse under the sun but not we’ve all seen the damning photo evidence.
“While people stayed at home, the Prime Minister was engaging in drinking and debauchery that makes a mockery of the gut-wrenching sacrifices that each and every person made.”
The SNP representative challenged Boris Johnson : “Will the Prime Minister now take the opportunity and resign?”
The Prime Minister encouraged Mr Blackford to withhold his questioning until the formal address which was set to follow Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mr Johnson said: “I can tell the right honourable gentleman that, as much as I appreciate his advice, he will have a further opportunity, which I’m sure he will take with his customary length, to debate that matter in the statement that will follow directly after PMQs.”
Despite Mr Johnson’s calls for patience, the SNP Westminster Leader continued to blast the Prime Minister’s involvement in Downing Street gatherings during lockdown.
Mr Blackford continued: “It’s all a joke to the Prime Minister.
“The Prime Minister has lost the trust of the public, he has lost what little moral authority he had left.
“The Prime Minister has apologised many times, not because he feels any genuine remorse – he still refuses to even admit that there were parties and that he presided over them.
“He apologised for one simple reason – he got caught.
“The reality is no apology will ever be enough for the families of people who lost loved ones, the families who followed the rules, who stayed at home while their nearest and dearest were dying and are now forced to look at photographs of the Prime Minister surrounded by drink, toasting to a party in the middle of a lockdown.”
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