100 penalty notices have now been issued as part of Downing Street’s Partygate. The Prime Minister has now shown us all that he truly believes there are no consequences for his actions and that there’s one rule for them and another for everyone else.
Throughout this pandemic, people across the country made huge sacrifices to keep our communities safe. Families unable to see their loved ones for months on end, unable to hold their hands in their last moments. Our hard-working NHS staff risking their lives to save ours whilst Downing Street staff wheeled in suitcases of booze.
And this is how the Prime Minister and his Conservative Government repays them.
They partied, they laughed and they covered it up for months. Johnson insisted the rules weren’t broken, but the fines issued show that was a complete lie. His measly apology and failure to take responsibility has shown the desperate, shameless man we know him to be.
Integrity matters in politics. Labour’s leader, Keir Starmer believes in honour, integrity and following the rules. That’s why he has been very clear that he broke no rules, but in the event of a fine being issued to him, he will resign. The difference in leadership is stark.
Britain deserves better and we’ve heard their voices loud and clear. Boris Johnson was on the ballot paper at the local elections recently. His bruising election defeat in over 500 seats across the country and ousting Conservative councils in Wales clearly show that people are sick of his lies, scandals and failure to tackle real issues we’re faced with like the cost of living crisis that’s crippling families everywhere.
The Tories are lying to you and treating you with contempt – laughing at your expense.
People across the country followed the rules and sacrificed seeing their loved ones last year as they cancelled Christmas. Some never saw their loved ones again. People who fell ill died alone. All the while the Prime Minister and Downing Street staff had a party, broke the rules and then joked about how to deceive the rest of the country about it.
Let’s be clear. This recklessness costs lives. We are facing a serious mutation of the virus and this outrageous behaviour will undermine serious public health efforts to contain the virus, protect our loved ones and protect our NHS frontline staff.
The British Public have the right to expect the government follows the same rules it was implements. Instead we have a Prime Minister and Conservative Government who don’t think the rules apply to them and who are socially distanced from the truth.
It’s one rule for them and another for everyone else and enough is enough.