Blackford demands Johnson resign in No 10 Christmas party row

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Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford has demanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation over reports that a Christmas party was  held in Downing Street in breach of lockdown restrictions last year.

At Prime Minister’s Questions today (Wednesday), the SNP Westminster leader said the PM must take the ‘only right and moral’ step and resign, as outrage continues to build over Number 10 hosting the party.

Warning that ‘trust in leadership is a matter of life and death’ as the country faces rising cases of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19, the MP added: ‘We are standing on the cliff edge of yet another challenging moment in this pandemic – with Omicron cases rising at a rapid rate.

‘Over the coming weeks, tough decisions will again have to be made to save lives and protect our NHS. Trust in leadership is a matter of life and death.

‘However, Downing Street wilfully broke the rules and mocked the sacrifices we have all made, shattering the public’s trust. The Prime Minister is responsible for
losing the trust of the people.

‘People across this country have followed the rules even when it meant missing friends and family, missing births, missing funerals – missing the chance to be beside a loved one in their dying moments. He can no longer lead on the most pressing issue facing the country.’


MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber Ian Blackford.