Angela Rayner fumes at ‘complete disgrace’ Boris Johnson for ‘taking Britons for fools’
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The deputy leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner said the UK didn’t need to Sue Gray report to “know that Boris Johnson needs to go” as she accused the Prime Minister of “failing” the nation. She said the embattled Prime Minister and cabinet ministers had been “playing the British people for fools”, warning them Britons would’t “forgive or forget”.
Her scathing rant comes as Mr Johnson prepares to face MPs this afternoon during Prime Minister’s Questions while braced for the findings of an official investigation into the partygate row and the announcement of a Met Police investigation.
Writing for Politico, Ms Rayner ordered the embattled Tory leader to leave office.
She said: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson was at a party. A party that broke the rules he set. The prime minister then lied about it.
“The prime minister needs to resign. It really is as simple as that.
“We don’t need the Sue Gray report to know that Boris Johnson needs to go.
“Sue Gray will simply lay out the facts of what seems be a very clear culture of total disregard for propriety and rules in Downing Street — the culture comes only from the person in charge.”
She added: “It’s not just the prime minister playing the British people for fools.
“The rest of the Cabinet have spent weeks defending the indefensible when in reality, like the rest of us, they could see through the lies and deceit.
“It’s not good enough for them to now say, ‘not me pal.’ They had the chance to stand up for decency in public life.
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“Instead, they appeared on the television day after day, more concerned with trying to save their jobs than doing the right thing.
“But the British people aren’t fools, and they won’t forget or forgive ministers who stood by as the prime minister partied and the rest of us followed the rules.”
Mr Johnson will endure a potentially difficult Prime Minister’s Questions session at noon, but Number 10 was yet to receive Ms Gray’s report on Wednesday morning.
The steady stream of allegations over alleged breaches of lockdown rules have undermined the Prime Minister and many of his critics are waiting for Ms Gray’s report before deciding whether or not to submit formal letters saying they have no confidence in his leadership.
If Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, receives 54 letters – 15 percent of Tory MPs – a vote on Mr Johnson’s leadership would be held.
And Mr Johnson was dealt a further blow on Tuesday when when Scotland Yard chief Dame Cressida Dick announced a police inquiry was being carried out, based in part on evidence obtained by the Gray investigation.
Ms Rayner added: “It feels almost beyond belief that the Metropolitan Police are now investigating evidence of ‘the most serious and flagrant type of breach’ in Downing Street itself.
“What a reflection on the man who holds the very highest office in our country.
“Yet still he feels he can hang on? A complete disgrace.
“Politics can be a force for good, but every day that Johnson stays in his job, he degrades the office he holds and fails this country.”
Ms Gray’s report is examining a series of gatherings, including some attended by Mr Johnson.
Officials have handed over to investigators photos of parties in Downing Street which include images of the Prime Minister and show people close together with wine bottles, according to Sky News.
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