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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

PM Must Come Before Parliament Now MET Investigation Over

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SNP demand immediate publication of Sue Gray Report.

The SNP’s Westminster Leader has said that Boris Johnson must come before Parliament today (Monday 23rd May) to explain his rule-breaking now that the Metropolitan Police investigation into partygate has concluded.

The police investigation concluded with 126 Fixed Penalty Notices for people – including the Prime Minister and Chancellor – who held and attended parties in Downing Street and Whitehall during lockdown when social distancing rules were in place.

The SNP has also demanded that the Sue Gray report into the parties is published today, and includes the names of those within the UK Tory government who broke the rules they made.

Commenting, Ian Blackford MP said:

“Now that the police investigation into UK government lockdown parties has concluded, proving that Boris Johnson and his government wilfully broke the rules they made and expected everyone else to follow, he must come before Parliament to explain his reckless conduct.

“The sheer scale of the partygate scandal is jaw-dropping – with 126 fines issued to people within the UK Tory government, including to the Prime Minister and Chancellor.

“Whilst the rest of us were expected to follow the rules during the necessary lockdown, and thousands across these isles made sacrifices, members of the UK Tory government were partying and eating cake.

“The Sue Gray report, which must be published today, and Privileges Committee investigation will set out its own further conclusions – but it is beyond doubt that laws were broken at Downing Street and the Prime Minister misled Parliament.

“For as long as Tory MPs allow Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to remain in post, the Westminster government is continuing to stick two fingers up to all those who followed the rules and made sacrifices.

“It’s time for Scotland to rid itself of this Westminster Tory government and the staggering sense of entitlement of those within it.”

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