Thomson Challenges PM on 'Partygate' Scandal

Thomson Challenges PM on 'Partygate' Scandal

Published date : 02 February, 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has challenged Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the House of Commons following his statement on Sue Gray’s report. 
Questioning the Prime Minister in the House of Commons, Richard Thomson MP said: 
“The Prime Minister said in his statement, “sorry for the things we…did not get right” and, “sorry for the way this…has been handled”, which is a generic non-apology that will mean absolutely nothing to anyone who heard it.  
“What I and millions of others want to hear is: apart from getting caught out in all of this, what is the Prime Minister personally sorry and genuinely regretful for in his own conduct?  If he just resorts to that tired, hackneyed form of words that he used to begin with, does that not show that it is not a new Office of the Prime Minister that we need but a new Prime Minister in office?” 
Commenting afterwards, Mr Thomson said: 
"The highly critical Sue Gray report is utterly damning.  It has provided the final nail in the coffin against Boris Johnson's false claims that he would be exonerated.  Instead, it has provided conclusive evidence that rule-breaking events did happen and should never have taken place. 

"It is clear the Prime Minister knew about events, attended them - and was lying to Parliament when he claimed otherwise. 
"Misleading Parliament is a resignation matter in itself - but just as important is the fact that the Prime Minister and his Downing Street team were breaking the rules that they had imposed. 

"There cannot be one rule for Boris Johnson and another for the rest of us.  If the Prime Minister won't do the honourable thing and resign, he must be forced out of office by his own MPs.” 

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