‘Will be a pretty empty front bench’ Burley swipes as Rayner calls for Boris to RESIGN

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Sky News presenter Kay Burley swiped at Angela Rayner’s calls for Boris Johnson to resign if he is fined over the partygate scandal. Angela Rayner told Sky News: “The situation with Ukraine – the whole of Parliament, the whole of the House, the fact that MPs are all united in support to ensure that we do everything we can in national security to protect our country and to work with our Nato allies – that doesn’t negate the Prime Minister from lying to the British public and not following his own rules. If he’s found to have broken them then I don’t believe his position is tenable.

“I think it’s disgraceful and I don’t see how he can continue in his role when he’s been so… when he’s not told the truth to the British public.”

Ms Rayner said Chancellor Rishi Sunak should also resign if fined.

The Sky News host noted: “It’ll be a pretty empty front bench at this rate.”

Ms Rayner continued: “There’s plenty (of) other MPs out there that are willing to do the job and do it in the public interest.

“We can’t have people in their own interest lying to the British public and thinking they can get away with it.

“People followed the rules, people had consequences when they didn’t and the Prime Minister or the Chancellor is no different.”

It comes as people who attended alleged lockdown-breaking parties at Downing Street and the Cabinet Office are reportedly braced for an initial tranche of fines from the Metropolitan Police.

The Guardian has suggested the fixed penalty notices (FPNs) will be issued “imminently”, while other outlets have reported they are due to surface soon.

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The force is investigating 12 events, including as many as six Prime Minister Boris Johnson is said to have attended.

Last week it emerged that detectives investigating alleged parties had begun interviewing key witnesses.

The Metropolitan Police said more than 100 questionnaires had been sent out to people at the reported gatherings.

They include a “bring your own booze” event, details of which were emailed to staff at No 10 by the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary Martin Reynolds in May 2020, and a surprise get-together for Mr Johnson’s birthday in June 2020.

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Mr Johnson previously admitted he was at the “bring your own booze” event for 25 minutes – claiming he believed it was a work event – while Downing Street said staff “gathered briefly” in the Cabinet Room to mark the Prime Minister’s 56th birthday.

There was no official update from Downing Street or the Cabinet Office on Monday evening.

ITV’s Anushka Asthana said she had been told the first wave of fines could include “around 20 names”.

The Times reported the same total, adding that it was not thought Mr Johnson would be among them.

The Met said: “We’re not giving a running commentary and I would refer you to our statement from March 21 which is still on our website.”

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