‘For the love of God, resign!’: Leeds East MP Richard Burgon tells Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign amid Sue Gray report and party
Leeds East Labor MP Richard Burgon made the calls during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday January 26.
Mr Johnson continued to defend the government’s record as he faced calls from the opposition benches to step down.
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Boris Johnson replied: “I don’t think there was a question there.
“They basically know they don’t have an answer to this. We have a plan and a vision for this country. They have absolutely nothing to say and that is the difference between our camp and theirs.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister insisted he was ‘getting to work’, although he acknowledged there were people who ‘wanted me out of the way’ for a variety of reasons.
Mr Johnson is awaiting publication of senior civil servant Sue Gray’s report into the alleged anti-lockdown parties at No 10 and Whitehall.
The report is due to be delivered to No 10 today, although it was not submitted when Mr Johnson rose to face MPs.
But an indication of how damaging the report could be for the government came when Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick announced a police investigation was underway, based in part on evidence obtained by the Gray investigation.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer suggested Mr Johnson had misled Parliament about Downing Street parties, which would normally force a minister to resign.
When asked if he would now step down, the Prime Minister replied: “No”.
Sir Keir said: “We now have the shameful spectacle of a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom under police investigation, unable to lead the country, unable to do the right thing and every day that his cabinet does not express itself, it becomes more and more complicit.”
He challenged the Prime Minister to release Gray’s full inquiry report as soon as he received it – Mr Johnson said he would ‘do exactly as I said’, although there are had speculation that the published version might be redacted or edited.
The Prime Minister has also committed to making a statement in the House of Commons in response to the Gray report.
Sir Keir said: “Whatever he says in his statement later today or tomorrow is not going to change the facts. Isn’t that a Prime Minister and a government who have shown nothing but contempt for the decency, honesty and respect that define this country?”
Mr Johnson replied: “Of course he wants me out – he does, and of course I don’t deny that for all sorts of reasons a lot of people can want me out.”
But he said Sir Keir wanted him out because ‘he knows this government can be trusted to deliver on its promises’.
He added: “We – and in particular me – continue our work.”