LONDON (AP) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced public and political outrage on Tuesday after allegations surfaced that he and his staff had violated the Corona virus locking rules by hosting a Garden Party in 2020.
Opposition politicians called for a police investigation in May 2020 after ITV aired a leaked email call “Social Distance Drinks” in the garden of the Prime Minister’s Downing Street office and home. The Prime Minister’s Private Secretary Martin Reynolds’ email was sent to dozens of people and urged participants to “bring your own liquor.”
The event was scheduled for May 20, 2020 – the same day the government reminded people in a televised news conference that they could only meet one person outside their home. London’s Metropolitan Police Force also issued reminders on the rules that day.
The police force said on Tuesday that the government’s “connection” to the government’s claims, following the allegations of violation of several rules in the Downing Street during the infection.
The opposition Labor Party demanded that Johnson answer questions about the allegations in parliament – but instead the government sent a junior minister, Michael Ellis, to confront lawmakers. Ellis apologized for “the grief caused by these allegations” but said he could not comment further as the investigation was ongoing.
Angela Rainer, vice president of labor, said Johnson’s “absence speaks volumes.”
“He can run but not hide,” she said.
During Britain’s first lockout, which began in March 2020 and lasted more than two months, meetings were banned with some exceptions, including work and funerals. Millions of people were cut off from friends and family, and even banned from seeing relatives dying in hospitals.
On the day of the Garden Party, 268 people died of the corona virus in the UK, according to official figures, bringing the total death toll to more than 36,000. The total now stands at 150,000, the highest number in Europe after Russia.
Lindsay Jackson, whose mother died of Covit-19 disease in May 2020, said “the government is showing contempt for the hardships faced by ordinary people and all of us.”
“I could not be with her when she died, I could not hold her hand. “I could not hug my brother after the funeral,” said Jackson, a member of the Govt-19 Divided Families Justice Committee. He told Sky News that Johnson was “under contempt”.
Johnson was repeatedly accused of violating the rules imposed by the Conservative government on others during the epidemics that brought about stricter restrictions on Britain’s personal freedoms after World War II.
The latest allegations will be investigated by senior government employee Sue Gray, who was appointed by the government to investigate previous allegations that employees at Johnson’s office in 2020 violated the Corona virus rules with Christmas treats that violate Lockdown.
Johnson has insisted he did not personally break the rules, but British media reported on Tuesday that the Prime Minister and his wife, Gary Johnson, had attended the May 2020 plantation meeting.
Health Minister Edward Arker said he understood why people were “upset and angry”, but said he would not “prejudge” the outcome of Gray’s trial.
But Labor legislator Ed Miliband said the allegations were “incredibly bad” and that Johnson should explain whether he attended the party.
“How can he lead the country in these difficult times? People should follow public health advice, if he violates the rules so blatantly?” Miliband told the BBC Radio.
As far as Johnson is concerned, this is not the only outcry from opposition politicians. Recent claims have fueled growing concern within the ruling Conservatives about the prime minister’s leadership.
When the Tories led to a major election victory in December 2019, the right-wing party elected Johnson as its leader for Johnson’s enthusiastic behavior and popular touch.
But the plague had shaken his power. Support for Johnson has been eroded by dissatisfaction with social controls – considered by some Conservatives to be harsh – and concerns over his verdict following allegations of financial and ethical misconduct.
Ruth Davidson, former leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, said many would “never forgive” the “completely insecure” plantation party.
“The fact that we are making a national effort to keep each other safe makes a mockery of this idea,” he said.
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