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UK PM Boris Johnson’s future uncertain after lockdown party apology

UK PM Boris Johnson’s future uncertain after lockdown party apology

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#23NewsBulletin – Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday apologized for attending a “bring your own booze” gathering at his official residence during Britain’s first coronavirus lockdown, as a senior member of his party, and opponents called for his resignation. Johnson for the first time admitted that he had attended the party at 10 Downing Street in May 2020 when COVID-19 sops limited social gatherings to a bare minimum, adding that he understood public rage. “I know the rage they feel with me over the government I lead when they think that in Downing Street itself the rules are not being properly followed by the people who make the rules,” an ashen-faced Johnson told parliament. “I offer my heartfelt apologies,” he said. Johnson apologized for his actions saying he mistook the gathering for a work event, which drew jeers and laughter from opposition lawmakers. “I went into that garden just after six on the 20th of May 2020, to thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working,” Johnson said. “With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside.” All the main opposition parties leaders demanded his resignation, while the Scotland Conservatives’ leader became the first in the party to say Johnson should now quit. According to Labour Party leader Keir Starmer, the public who handed Johnson a landslide election victory in December 2019 after his promise to secure Britain’s exit from the European Union – thought him a liar. “The party’s over, prime minister,” Starmer told him. “After months of deceit and deception, the pathetic spectacle of a man who has run out of road. His defence that he didn’t realize he was at a party is so ridiculous that it is actually offensive to the British public.” Anger has grown since ITV News reported Johnson and partner Carrie mingled with about 40 staff in the Downing Street garden after his Principal Private Secretary Martin Reynolds sent an invitation asking attendees to “bring your own booze”. According to Johnson’s press secretary, the prime minister had not seen the email. In contrast to the events in Downing Street, several people including some lawmakers, have expressed how the rules kept them from the bedsides of dying loved ones last May. “He’s taken on a lot of water and is listing but not quite sunk yet,” one of them told Reuters. #23News