Wednesday 11 January - For Immediate Release
WISHART CONDEMNS PM AFTER HE ADMITS TO ATTENDING LOCKDOWN PARTY
Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, has joined calls from across the political spectrum for the Prime Minister to resign, after he admitted to attending a lockdown party.
Facing a barrage of criticism from MPs during Prime Minister's Questions, Boris Johnson admitted to attending a party in the Downing Street gardens during a period where people were only allowed to meet one person at a time outside.
Responding to the revelation, Mr Wishart said:
"Another week, another scandal. The pace at which these stories of shame and corruption pour out of Downing Street could almost make us apathetic to their severity. But make no mistake, today's revelation in PMQs is no small matter.
"I have received an unprecedented volume of correspondence from constituents who are rightfully appalled by the Prime Minister. Last May, millions of people across the country were enduring all kinds of unimaginable sacrifices at the request of this government, all the while the man in charge of making the rules was attending a "Bring Your Own Booze" party with colleagues.
"Perhaps the most depressing part about all of this, however, is that in his admission of guilt he still places himself above the rules. Now cornered with no scapegoats left to hide behind, he has admitted to wrongdoing. While this is marginally better than denying it altogether, the apology means nothing without consequence.
"Matt Hancock resigned for being found to have broken the rules, as did Allegra Stratton. In both those cases, the Prime Minister accepted their resignations as the correct course of action. And yet, now that it is him in the hot seat, he expects for the situation to disappear since he has owned up to it.
"Unfortunately for him, for as long as he stays, so too will the public outrage. Public trust in government is at an all-time low, and there is an overwhelming consensus that Boris Johnson is simply unfit for the job. His actions have been barbaric, and the only appropriate way forward is for him to resign."