Boris Johnson apology: Is it time for the PM to go?
What is happening?
A look at how the media has reacted to the release of the hotly-anticipated Sue Gray report – the probe into law breaking at Downing Street during Covid lockdowns in 2020 and 2021, and the prime minister’s statement on the findings.
What are the facts?
- PM apologised in Commons on Tuesday over Partygate fines.
- Attended first PMQs since the Easter break where the main topic was partygate.
- PM apologised again amid calls for his resignation.
- PM refuses to resign and instead says we should focus on Ukraine.
- PM been rallying support among Tory MPs – ahead of vote on Thursday whether claims he misled Parliament should be investigated by a committee.
- Labour has described Johnson’s apology as a joke and is calling for further action.
- Under government rules, ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament, which the PM denies doing, are expected to resign.
France24 says A “humbled” Boris Johnson said he took full responsibility after a damning official report on Wednesday detailed a series of illegal alcohol-fuelled parties at the British prime minister’s Downing Street office during coronavirus lockdowns.
The Guardian says Sue Gray has issued a damning verdict on the party culture in Boris Johnson’s Downing Street, in a 37-page report that includes nine photographs and names a string of senior civil servants.
Daily Mail says Boris Johnson today insisted he takes ‘full responsibility’ for Partygate after Sue Gray gave a grim account of drunken antics at the heart of government.
The Daily Telegraph says a Downing Street chief boasted they had “got away with” partygate rulebreaking, Sue Gray’s report has revealed, as she blamed senior leaders for failing to follow Covid rules.