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by Joseph Anderson
11 January 2022
Douglas Ross repeats call for Johnson to resign if PM has misled parliament

Boris Johnson and Douglas Ross, pictured together in 2019

Douglas Ross repeats call for Johnson to resign if PM has misled parliament

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has again insisted that Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign if he is found to have misled the UK Parliament over the ongoing Downing Street lockdown party scandal.

On Monday, ITN revealed that the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited around 100 people to "socially distanced drinks in the No 10 garden” in May 2020, when strict Covid restrictions were still in place.

Staff were urged to “bring your own booze". Reports suggest Johnson and his wife Carrie attended the gathering.

Speaking to Sky News on Tuesday, Ross, who is MSP for the Highland and Islands and MP for Moray, said that people were “furious”.

Ross said: “People are furious – I’m furious – the same as people across Scotland the United Kingdom.

“They are furious, this email went out to over 100 people inviting them to party when no one else was allowed to do that. In fact, the government guidance was very clear.

“In England at that time, you could only meet up with one other person from another household so I can understand the fury, the anger and the rage the people across the UK are feeling right now following this revelation of this email.”

When asked whether he has confidence in the Prime Minister, Ross said: “If he's followed the guidance that his government themselves set for everyone else then yes, but if he's not if he has breached his own guidance, if he has not been truthful, then that is an extremely important issue.

“And I've said previously, if the Prime Minister has misled parliament, then he must resign.”

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