Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to face calls for his resignation after breaking coronavirus pandemic rules in 2020 when several government parties had taken place.
In today’s (Wednesday, January 12) Prime Minister’s Questions, Johnson has had to face the music and answer questions with the ongoing investigation into allegedly foul garden parties.
Boris Johnson had vehemently denied having attended any parties, despite photos of evidence. For the parties, which portray Johnson in tow with other MPs, he had described them as “work meetings,” though alcohol and party food were available.
Today the Prime Minister admitted for the first time to attending a drinks party at No 10 during the first lockdown and flouting the pandemic’s confinement rules.
Will Boris Johnson be fired for lying?
The Prime Minister is not currently being sacked after being admitted to attend an illegal party.
Instead, Johnson has apologized to PMQs, offering a “heartfelt apology” and insisting he believed the garden party was a work event.
Boris Johnson attended a garden party with his wife Carrie Johnson and 40 others in 2020 during the country’s first lockdown, when the nation was restricted to meeting just one person from another household outside while maintaining social distancing. Alcohol and cheese platters were in tow at Garden Pub No. 10.
An email invitation is said to have been sent to at least 100 Downing Street staff, including the Prime Minister’s advisers, speechwriters and bouncers.
Has Boris Johnson ever been sacked for lying?
Yes, the prime minister was sacked earlier as deputy leader and shadow arts minister for public lying.
Former Tory leader Lord Michael Howard sacked Johnson back in September 2004 for apparently publicly lying about an affair he was having with fellow Spectator journalist Petronella Wyatt. Howard led the Conservatives from 2003 to 2005.
Lord Howard has since said his then communications director was convinced Johnson had lied to Howard – and therefore urged him to sack Johnson to show he had taken action.
In July 2019, Lord Howard said iNews : “I took this action, I’m not entirely sure if it was the right thing to do, but I’m happy to set the record straight.”
This wasn’t the first time he’d been fired for lying, reportedly in 1988 fired from the Times newspaper in 1988 for fabricating a quote from his godfather, historian Colin Lucas, in an article.
What is happening to Party Gate?
The investigation was taken over by senior official Sue Gray after the departure of Simon Case, who was involved in his own rule-breaking party.
This Whitehall Inquiry will continue to look at the numerous allegations made in late 2021 that have implicated many Conservative MPs in breaching their own rules in spring and summer 2020.
The leaked email invitation to the garden party of Mr Reynolds, the Prime Minister’s main private secretary, was found by ITV News and read as follows:
“After an incredibly busy time we thought it would be nice to make the most of this beautiful weather and have some socially distanced drinks in Garden #10 tonight.
“Please come to us from 6 p.m. and bring your own schnapps!