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A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologised to the Palace. “You heard from the PM this week, he’s recognised No 10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for things we did not get right.” In response, Sir Keir said: “This shows just how seriously Boris Johnson has degraded the office of Prime Minister.” “The Conservatives have let Britain down. An apology isn’t the only thing the Prime Minister should be offering the palace today.”

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  • Apology NOT enough! Starmer demands Boris resign over Queen shame12:57
  • ‘How can he face her’ PM’s Queen relationship at risk after new claims12:49
  • Downing Street issues apology for party held on eve of Prince Phillip’s funeral12:25
  • Off scot-free? Probe to find ‘nothing criminal’ – PM goes into hiding08:20
  • Former spokesperson apologises for party on eve ofDuke of Edinburgh’s funeral08:05
  • Apology NOT enough! Starmer demands Boris resign over Queen shame

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has again called for Boris Johnson to resign following news that Downing Street has apologised to the Queen for a party which took place on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

    A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologised to the Palace. “You heard from the PM this week, he’s recognised No 10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for things we did not get right.” In response, Sir Keir said: “This shows just how seriously Boris Johnson has degraded the office of Prime Minister.” “The Conservatives have let Britain down. An apology isn’t the only thing the Prime Minister should be offering the palace today.”

    ‘How can he face her’ PM’s Queen relationship at risk after new claims

    Boris Johnson’s relationship with the Queen is at serious risk after new claims emerged of a Downing Street party held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral.

    The Queen sat alone at the funeral of her husband of 73 years. Meanwhile, staff at Downing Street reportedly bought a ‘suitcase’ full of alcohol to celebrate Mr Johnson’s former director of communications James Slack’s leaving drinks. Shadow Attorney-General Emily Thornberry has criticised Mr Johnson over the new allegations, asking: How the hell can he expect to go before Her Majesty again at a weekly audience and be able to look her in the eye?”

    Downing Street issues apology for party held on eve of Prince Phillip’s funeral

    Downing Street has issued an apology to the Queen for holding a party on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. 

    A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologised to the Palace.

    “You heard from the PM this week, he’s recognised No 10 should be held to the highest standards and take responsibility for things we did not get right.”

    Asked why No 10 had apologised instead of the Prime Minister himself, the spokesperson said: 

    “Well, again, the Prime Minister said earlier misjudgments have been made and it’s right people apologise, as the PM did earlier this week.

    “It remains the case that I can’t prejudge the inquiry, which you know is ongoing, which has been led by Sue Gray, but we acknowledge the significant public anger, it was regrettable this took place a time of national mourning.”

    Angela Rayner calls for Boris to make public statement on party allegations

    Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has called on the Prime Minister to make a public statement to address partygate. 

    She said: “Boris Johnson is yet again insulting the intelligence of the British people rather than just doing the decent thing and coming clean.

    “So many people lost loved ones in unimaginably lonely circumstances, the denials and excuses from Downing Street are causing them further hurt.

    “We have a Prime Minister up to his neck in scandals of his own making. He can no longer do his job but is so desperate to save his own skin he is looking for anyone else to blame. He can’t keep hiding.

    “The Prime Minister needs to make a public statement on this latest revelation today, quickly followed by his resignation.”

    Partygate caused by ‘extreme acts of stupidity’, says senior Tory MP

    A senior Tory MP has stated that partygate is due to ‘extreme stupidity on behalf of those at No 10″.

    Julian Knight added that he was ‘very open-minded’ about the future of the party but did not out-right suggest that Mr Johnson should resign. 

    When asked whether he thought the Prime Minister would not survive the allegations, Mr Knight said: “I think everyone would think that, wouldn’t they?”

    Mr Knight, who is chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “I’ve had many people who aren’t normal correspondents, so they aren’t people who regularly write to me in order to say the Government is terrible, Boris is this whatever, you know, we do get quite a few correspondents of that nature.

    “These are, I’d say about half of those – because I do monitor it very closely – are new correspondents and that is always a red sign on the dashboard.”

    Truss says we need to ‘move on’ from partygate

    Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has said we need to ‘move on’ from partygate, although she did acknowledge that ‘real mistakes’ had been made. 

    Speaking to broadcasters, Ms Truss said: “We are very clear that there were real mistakes made.

    “But I do think that we need to look at the overall position we’re in as a country, the fact that he has delivered Brexit, that we are recovering from COVID…He has apologised. I think we now need to move on and talk about how we are going to sort out issues.”

    The Telegraph ‘want Johnson out at all costs’

    The Telegraph, where Boris Johnson used to work for a salary of £250,000, want Boris Johnson ‘out at all costs’, Owen Jones has suggested. 

    The Guardian columnist argued that the paper was pivotal in making Mr Johnson Prime Minister, but that an exclusive bringing the Queen into the debate over ‘partygate’ proves they now want him to resign. 

    North West Leicester MP becomes fifth Tory to tell Boris to quit

    The MP for North West Leicester has become the fifth member of his own party to tell Boris Johnson to quit. 

    Andrew Bridgen had previously been a loyal supporter of Mr Johnson. 

    However, on Thursday he announced he had submitted a letter of no confidence to the Prime Minister. 

    In a Telegraph op-ed published on Thursday evening, Mr Bridgen argued that there is currently “a moral vacuum at the heart of our government”.

    He added: “I’m calling on the Prime Minister to stand down, there is time yet to do the right thing.

    “In years to come, Boris will be remembered as delivering Brexit and guiding us through a pandemic.

    “His legacy shouldn’t become one mired in sleaze but rather one of knowing when the time is right to leave the stage.

    “If Boris truly loves our country, our democracy and our party he should go now with some semblance of grace.”

    Tory MP says Boris’ judgement is ‘flawed’

    A Tory MP has said that Boris Johnson’s judgement is flawed, adding that he has been calling for the Prime Minister to step down since it emerged this his former aide travelled to Durham during lockdown. 

    When asked how damaging the recent allegations of Downing Street parties would be for Mr Johnson, Sir Roger Gale told Sky News: “I don’t think the image of the Downing Street brunch with the majestic wine-ware is doing us any good at all, that clearly has to end.”

    Sir Roger added: “I have been described as a serial critic of the Prime Minister and, in a sense, that is true.

    “My letter calling for a leadership election goes back to the Barnard Castle event when the Prime Minister failed to take what I regarded as appropriate decisions and actions to remove Mr Cummings from office, because what happened then was quite wrong.

    “I decided then that if the Prime Minister was not capable of exercising the right kind of judgment, then we had to have another Prime Minister.”

    Sir Roger hailed Mr Johnson for delivering the vaccine rollout but Boris said: “The problem is that the man’s judgment is flawed.”

    Tory councillor says withdrawingsupport for Boris is ‘right thing to do for politics’

    A Tory councillor from the Sutton Coldfield Conservatives, who withdrew their support for Boris Johnson amid allegations of Downing Street parties has insisted that the move is the ‘right thing’ for politics. 

    Councillor Simon Ward told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The conversation we had last night … was really about what I think we have the right to expect from our leaders and the standards of leadership we expect from them, and the trust that we put in them.”

    He said: “This is about what the right thing is for politics, what the right thing is for our leaders, how this reflects on our country as well, and it’s just massively disappointing and it reflects very, very poorly on us as a nation as well.”

    Off scot-free? Probe to find ‘nothing criminal’ – PM goes into hiding

    The inquiry into allegations of lockdown-breaching parties at Downing Street is expected to find nothing criminal.

    Sue Gray, the senior civil servant who is in charge of the investigation has not found sufficient evidence of criminality to hand the matter over to the police, The Times has reported.

    However, Ms Gray is expected to censure Boris Johnson for his lack of judgement on attending the garden party and to criticise the culture of Downing Street and the blurred lines between working and socialising.

    Mr Johnson is reportedly working from home and avoiding contact with the outside world after a family member tested positive for COVID-19.

    His spokesperson has stated that he is unlikely to be seen in public for a week.

    Former spokesperson apologises for party on eve ofDuke of Edinburgh’s funeral

    A former spokesperson for the Prime Minister has apologised for a party held at Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. 

    The Queen sat alone during the funeral of her husband of 73 years in April, due to Covid restrictions. 

    However, staff at Downing Street were said to have bought a suitcase of alcohol and broken a swing used by the Prime Minister’s young son. 

    The party was a leaving event for former director of communications James Slack. 

    In a statement Mr Slack said that the gathering “should not have happened at the time that it did.”

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