Boris Johnson ‘takes us for fools’ says shadow minister after party apology

A Cheshire MP has claimed that the Prime Minister ‘takes us for fools’ after the PM issued an apology for attending a ‘bring your own booze’ party in May 2020.

Boris Johnson issued the apology over the party, which took place on May 20, 2020, during the first lockdown, at Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday (January 11).

The PM told MPs that he had went into the garden to ‘thank groups of staff’ before going back into his office 25 minutes later, believing that the gathering was a ‘work event’.

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Mr Johnson offered his ‘heartfelt apologies’ to the ‘millions and millions of people’ who were unable to see loved ones during that time, but he is now facing mounting pressure to resign from his role.

Following the apology in the House of Commons, Mike Amesbury, MP for Weaver Vale and shadow minister for housing, has called the for the PM to resign, adding that he ‘takes us for fools’.

Mr Amesbury said: “Boris Johnson admitted attending the Downing Street garden party during lockdown on May 20, 2020, at PMQs today, but claims he didn’t realise it was a party!

“We are expected to believe that he thought this ‘bring your own booze’ gathering was a ‘work event’.

“It was a non-apology. It wasn’t even a qualified apology. He referred to it as technically falling within the guidance.

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“He takes us for fools if he thinks we are going to swallow his lies when the rest of the country did the right thing and followed the rules.

“He now needs to do the honourable thing and resign. Keir Starmer was very strong on this. If he doesn’t resign then it’s up to members of the Conservative Party to remove him.

“Johnson is bringing dishonour on the office of Prime Minister.”

Cheshire Live – Cheshire