Hove MP Peter Kyle calls for Prime Minister to resign after Covid breach Brighton News

An MP has called for the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak after breaking lockdown rules by attending a party in Downing Street.

Peter Kyle, Labor MP for Hove, said the pair had sunk to “deeps unseen” to those at the top of government and described them as “criminals”.

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak were fined yesterday for attending a Cabinet Room rally in June 2020. The Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, also received a fixed penalty notice.

All three apologized yesterday and confirmed that their fines had been paid.

But the prime minister and chancellor have resisted calls for them to step down, insisting they now want to get on with the job.

The Argus: Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson were fined on TuesdayRishi Sunak and Boris Johnson were fined on Tuesday

Peter Kyle said: “Boris Johnson broke the law and then repeatedly lied to the public and to parliament about it.

“He and the chancellor have sunk to unseen depths at the top of the UK government and should step down. Under this Conservative government, criminals have never been so good. »

Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle also yesterday called for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to step down.

Green MP Caroline Lucas also called for their resignation.

The fines are part of a Metropolitan Police investigation into illegal parties held in Downing Street and Whitehall during the Covid lockdowns in 2020 and 2021.

The force is looking at 12 parties in total and have issued more than 50 fines, with more expected.

The Argus: PM Boris Johnson at Fourpure Brewery in London October 2021Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the Fourpure Brewery in London in October 2021

Boris Johnson has claimed the event for which he was fined – a rally in Cabinet Room to mark his birthday – was ‘brief’ and lasted ‘less than 10 minutes’.

He added: “In all honesty, at the time it didn’t occur to me that this could have been a breach of the rules.

“But, of course, the police found otherwise and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation.”

The Argus: Peter Kyle, MP for HovePeter Kyle, MP for Hove

A No 10 spokesperson said: ‘Met Police have now explained that the FPN issued to the PM will relate to the following incident: ‘June 19, 2020 at Cabinet Room, 10 Downing Street, between 1400 and 1500, you participated in a gathering of two or more people indoors”.

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