Boris Johnson should ‘continue his steadfast leadership’ after partygate fine says Welsh Conservative leader
Boris Johnson should continue his “steadfast leadership” despite being told he will receive a fine for breaking his own lockdown rules, Welsh Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies has said.
First Minister Mark Drakeford had called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after it was revealed that he would be fined over lockdown parties.
But Andrew RT Davies said that due to the war in Ukraine the Prime Minister should stay in post.
“The issuing of a fixed penalty notice is for the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to address. People will understandably want to hear from them about today’s events,” he said.
“With the aggression and devastation we are seeing in Ukraine at the moment, Ukraine needs a strong UK ally supporting their noble fight against Putin’s aggression.
“It is therefore important the Prime Minister addresses today’s events but continues his steadfast leadership in supporting Ukraine in their hour of need.”
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds had earlier called on the Welsh Conservative leader to “show a backbone” and call for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to resign.
“Boris Johnson & Rishi Sunak have broken the law and repeatedly lied, they must resign from their positions at once,” she said.
“While people in Wales were playing by the rules at great personal expense, those in charge thought they were above the law.
“This also will come as a painful blow to all those covid bereaved families in Wales.
“The Welsh public deserves much better. For the sake of the country, both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must resign immediately.
“If the Conservative Party is to have any legitimacy in Wales Andrew RT Davies and Simon Hart need to show some backbone and be calling for resignations immediately. No Welsh Conservative MP should be backing the Chancellor or Prime Minister staying in post.”
First Minister Mark Drakeford had earlier called for Boris Johnson to go.
“Well, I’ve always had throughout the whole party gate business that you cannot be a lawmaker, and a law breaker at the same time,” he said.
“If the prime minister has been fined, and I’m afraid all those things that he said time and time and time again on the floor of the House of Commons, that nothing had ever gone wrong. Inside Downing Street from which he is responsible.
“Well, all of that can no longer be sustained. I don’t see how he thinks he can carry on.”
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