Britain’s Labor Party leader Keir Starmer on Saturday renewed his calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign, as the scandal over parties held in government buildings during a COVID-19 lockdown continues.
Speaking at a Fabian Society conference in London, Starmer scorned statements Johnson had made about his knowledge of parties and claimed his actions had undermined the country’s trust in government.
“He says now that in 2020 he found out after twenty-five minutes that it was a party and he should have let everyone in. And I think that hugely undermined his moral authority to lead “, said Starmer.
The leader of the opposition party also believed there was a link between the behavior of Johnson and the government and a possible increase in mental health cases in the UK.
Johnson’s office apologized to the royal family on Friday for hosting staff parties in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last year – the latest in a catalog of alleged lockdown-breaking gatherings that threaten to overthrow the British Prime Minister.
So far, neither of the alleged parties has been denied by Johnson’s office. The Prime Minister would not have attended all of them.
But earlier this week Johnson apologized for attending a Downing Street garden party in May 2020, when the UK was under a strict lockdown and the law prohibited people from meeting more a person outside their household.
Millions of people have been cut off from family and friends, and even prevented from visiting dying relatives in hospitals.
Recent opinion polls show a massive shift to Labor, which is increasing the pressure on Johnson.