Boris Johnson news today: Scottish Conservative leader urges PM to quit party

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross calls on Boris Johnson to resign

Calls for Boris Johnson’s resignation intensified after the Prime Minister apologized for attending a potentially illegal party in No 10’s Garden at the height of the first lockdown.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has reportedly sent a letter of defiance of Mr Johnson’s leadership to the influential 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs, according to Sky News.

Although Mr Johnson apologized to the British public for his actions, Mr Ross said the Prime Minister’s position was “no longer tenable”.

A leadership race would be sparked if the 1922 committee chairman Sir Graham Brady received letters of no confidence from 15% of Tory MPs, or 54 of them.

Meanwhile, human rights lawyer Adam Wagner – who is an expert on the Covid law – said Mr Johnson’s apology was “complete nonsense” and was only made to “save face”.

He also said: “The ultimate point is that at the time, if anyone had asked the Prime Minister or the Minister of Health if it was legal to organize an outside social work meeting for 100 people with alcohol and food, he would have answered with a very harsh “no.”

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A “ridiculous” and “bloody dresser” conservative political show

A Conservative Party political show starring Boris Johnson has been called “desperate” because it was due to air just before tonight’s news.

The clip, which aired at 6:25 pm on ITV, shows Mr Johnson saying his party is “focused on the priorities of the people” and “getting to work”.

LBC broadcaster India Willoughby called this “ridiculous”.

She said the timing of the broadcast was a “desperate” attempt to build public support before ITV News headlines focusing on the “working drinks” rally in the garden held on May 20, 2020.

Former London mayoral candidate Siobhan Benita said the timing of the broadcast was “damn convenient”.

The Prime Minister has been embroiled in an ongoing scandal over a number of parties – around 10 – which were held in Downing Street during the lockdown.

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 9:00 PM

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Doctor who fought full EPP says PM’s party apology ‘insulting’

An NHS doctor described Boris Johnson’s apology for the drinks in the garden at Downing Street during the first lockdown as insulting, as she recalled how she was sweating while working out with full PPE around the same time the event took place.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan, who lost her father Ahsan-ul-Haq Chaudry to Covid, said she believed the prime minister’s situation was “untenable”.

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The doctor, who is currently on clinical break and doing a doctorate in Cambridge, was working at a hospital in Bangor in Wales at the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

Dr Ahsan told anyone to suggest members of the government “were working so hard that they absolutely needed to go and take some time and a ‘bring your own bottle’ group to the private gardens of 10 Downing. The street is actually so insulting ”.

She added, “What was I doing in May 2020? I was dressed in PPE (personal protective equipment). Yes, it was hot. I was sweating.

“Try not to pass out every time I walked into the contamination room to see a patient who had Covid in our full PPE. We didn’t go out at night to get together as colleagues for a drink.

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 8:45 PM

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Rishi Sunak, last notable Cabinet minister to support Boris Johnson

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has finally expressed his support for the Prime Minister after remaining silent on the Downing Street party scandal while on a work trip to Devon today.

He said: “The Prime Minister was right to apologize and I support his request for patience while Sue Gray conducts her investigation.”

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 20:30

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Cabinet ministers who supported Boris

Cabinet ministers have rallied with the Prime Minister to bolster Boris Johnson’s waning support.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is the only notable exception to have expressed support as he was visiting Devon earlier today.

The ministers who have publicly backed Mr Johnson are:

Deputy Prime Minister and Secretary of Justice Dominique raab

House secretary Priti Patel

Company secretary Kwasi Kwarteng

Health Secretary Sajid Javid

Upgrade Secretary Michel gove

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries

Transport secretary Grant shapps

Head of municipalities Jacob Rees-Mogg

Defense Secretary Ben wallace

Secretary for Foreign Affairs Liz truss

Secretary of International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 7:45 PM

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Downing Street was different from other locked out workplaces, Minister said

Circumstances were different at No 10 in May 2020 than at other workplaces, said a cabinet minister defending Boris Johnson.

Apologizing today in the House of Commons for attending a party in Downing Street Garden during the first lockdown, the Prime Minister acknowledged that “millions of people across this country have made extraordinary sacrifices during the of the last 18 months “.

He said: “Even though it could technically be said to fit within the guidelines, there are millions and millions of people who just wouldn’t see it that way.”

George Eustice, the Environment Secretary, said he was aware most people were working from home around the time of the party.

“But it was different at No 10 in the sense that the Prime Minister lives and works there and there was a team that dealt with Covid that worked there and had to work from there.”

He told BBC Radio 4 that it was “a very difficult and uncomfortable time for the Prime Minister”.

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Rees-Mogg defends Boris Johnson: “He’s right over and over again”

Jacob Rees-Mogg has stood up for Boris Johnson and sacked members of the Conservative Party who called on him to step down as “still unhappy people”.

The Leader of the House of Commons told Times Radio: “I think the Prime Minister has done it right over and over again.

“But like all of us, he accepts that for a period of two and a half years there will be things that, in hindsight, would have been done differently.”

He rejected opinion polls which found majority support for Mr Johnson’s resignation and said the Tory MPs who called him to leave were “people who are still unhappy”.

He said: ‘These are people who never really supported the Prime Minister, two of those you mentioned have always been very opposed to him, and so you would expect them to be relatively cranky, and this is therefore not surprising.

“I think they are fundamentally wrong and misjudge where we are and what the Prime Minister has managed to do.”

Liam jamesJanuary 12, 2022 6:40 PM

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The PM “bought time” by apologizing, according to a former adviser

A former Boris Johnson adviser said the Prime Minister’s apology for attending a drink during the lockdown was enough to “buy himself some time”.

Mr Johnson’s future is uncertain as he faces calls for resignation, even from senior members of his own party, and he awaits the outcome of an investigation into the Downing Street event which could reveal that laws have been broken.

Guto Harri, Mr Johnson’s former communications adviser when mayor of London, said the Prime Minister’s apology in the Commons today was convincing.

He told Sky News: “He had a kind of remorse, he was pretty clueless. Some people would have liked him to provide more context, others for more detail, some object to the context that ‘he tried to spit.

“But I think he’s done enough to relax a bit … and buy some time to work on the constituency that matters most to him over the next few days: Conservative MPs, because his the fate is in their hands.

Liam jamesJanuary 12, 2022 6:20 PM

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PM mocked allegation of ‘drinks at work’ on Twitter

Boris Johnson is mocked by social media users for claiming he thought the evening around drinks in Downing Street was a “professional event”.

British writer Michael Spicer joked: “I think parties and work events can be very similar.

“For example, I once confused a drink menu with a spreadsheet. And also a seventh mojito for a pen.

A tweet made by a parody account of Larry, the cat who resides at No.10 as the “chief mouse”, joked that the feline was considering escaping from Downing Street.

The account tweeted: ‘Wanted: New roommate for Westminster-based feline.

“The newly decorated house has excellent security, little-used offices and a large garden, suitable for hosting parties.”

“Larry” later posted, “Did you accidentally attend a cocktail party at your house that you were invited to, thinking it was actually a business meeting?” You may need legal representation… ”

Comedy Channel Dave mocked Mr Johnson’s statement, tweeting that he will appear and have you “swallow a pint” by saying “this is a professional event” three times in front of a mirror.

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 6:00 PM

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Scottish Conservative leader sends letter of no confidence to Prime Minister – report

Douglas Ross would have sent a letter of confidence in Boris Johnson executives, according to a report.

Sky News’ Scottish bureau chief James Matthews tweeted that he “understands” that the Scottish Tory leader sent the letter to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 committee of back-Tory MPs. ban.

A leadership race would be sparked if Sir Graham received letters of no confidence from 15% of Tory MPs, or 54 of them.

It comes after Mr Ross and his predecessor Jackson Carlaw called on Mr Johnson to step down as Prime Minister after admitting he was at a ‘work drinks’ party in the garden at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 during of the first Covid lockdown.

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 5:40 PM

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Questions about how the police may not have known about Party No10

Metropolitan Police are facing questions about how officers guarding Downing Street could have ignored Garden Rally No10.

Green colleague Baroness Jones is to write to Force and National Police Watchdog to ask if officers witnessed the event on May 20, 2020, and whether they reported it, a- she declared. The independent.

Here is the full story by the Home Affairs Editor Lizzie dearden

Lamiat SabinJanuary 12, 2022 5:24 PM

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