Adam Price calls for Boris Johnson to resign after No 10 staff joked about lockdown party
Adam Price has called for Boris Johnson to resign after senior No 10 staff were caught joking about holding a Christmas party amid lockdown restrictions.
The Leader of Plaid Cymru said the “Prime Minister must go” in response to a politically explosive video released by ITV News yesterday.
It showed Boris Johnson’s then spokesperson Allegra Stratton joking that party “was not socially distanced” and suggesting to pass it off as “a business meeting”.
The jokes were made by No 10 staff days after the party was held at Downing Street. This was while lockdown restrictions were in place.
Stratton was asked by colleagues about reports of a party as they rehearsed a news conference in December last year. However, Downing Street is continuing to insist no party took place.
Adam Price said: “While we longed, they laughed. While we mourned, they mocked. While we stuck to the guidance, they stuck two fingers up. It really is one rule for them and another for everyone else. It’s time to stop the party. The Prime Minister must go.”
Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts said: “It’s the Prime Minister who should show courage and leadership to his government, face the cameras to apologise for rank hypocrisy, and resign.”
Labour’s Westminster leader Sir Keir Starmer said last year’s event in No 10 showed it was “one rule for them and another rule for everybody else” but called on the Prime Minister to apologise rather than resign.