A leaked video showing Downing Street staff joking about the controversial Christmas party held by government officials while the country was under strict coronavirus lockdown has triggered calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign.
Daily Mirror first reported the party held on December 18, 2020, with attendees eating, drinking, playing games, and exchanging secret Santa gifts.
The Scottish National Party’s most senior member of Parliament, Ian Black Ford said Johnson should quit as it was the “only right and moral choice left.”
“Trust in leadership is a matter of life and death. Downing Street willfully broke the rules and mocked the sacrifices we have all made, shattering the public’s trust,” Blackford said on Wednesday.
“The prime minister is responsible for losing the trust of the people. He can no longer lead on the most pressing issue facing these islands.”
He also called for the forced removal of the Prime Minister if he refuses to resign.
In a tweet, Wes Streeting, the Labour Party’s shadow health secretary, suggested that the prime minister should be removed.
“The Prime Minister is in it up to his neck. His actions have undermined public trust and distracted from key public health messages at a critical time. Serious times call for serious leadership and it is clear that Boris Johnson isn’t up to the job,” Streeting said.
The House of Commons was rowdy on Wednesday while the Health Secretary Sajid Javid spoke. “Resign” a Conservative MP, William Wragg shouted as Javid spoke. Other members of parliament heckled the Health Secretary.
Allegra Stratton, the former press secretary who was caught on camera making jokes about the party during a mock press interview resigned, saying she would “regret the remarks for the rest of my days.”
Johnson who initially denied that a party occurred, said in a speech at the House of Commons that event would be investigated.
“If rules have been broken, there will be disciplinary action for all those involved,” Johnson said.