Johnson from UK faces Parliament over party scandal – Channels Television

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference to brief the nation on the Covid-19 booster vaccine program at the Downing Street briefing room in central London on December 15, 2021.
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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made headlines on Wednesday as he prepared to answer questions from MPs on new allegations he and his senior officials violated Covid restrictions by hosting a party over drinks .

The beleaguered leader has been silent since an email leaked Monday evening that appeared to show a senior official inviting more than 100 colleagues to an outdoor event in May 2020 and encouraging them to “bring your own booze”.

Johnson and his wife Carrie were said to have attended the rally in the garden of his residence and office in Downing Street, according to anonymous witnesses quoted in media.

It stood amid the country’s first strict lockdown, when the government ordered ordinary members of the public not to meet, even outdoors, and strict restrictions were in place on social mix, including at the funeral.

The claims are the latest in a series of similar accusations that emerged last month about the Downing Street parties staged during subsequent closings ahead of Christmas in 2020.

Widespread public anger over the revelations has dropped poll scores for Johnson and his ruling Tories and sparked calls for his resignation from opposition politicians.

The 57-year-old declined to comment as the latest scandal began to unfold on Monday, but he will be questioned by Labor leader Keir Starmer and other lawmakers during weekly parliamentary questions around noon (1200 GMT).

He previously denied knowing if any rules were broken in Downing Street, as he faced weeks of scathing headlines before Christmas.

But the latest accusations appear to directly contradict those claims.

Even the front pages of newspapers that normally support Johnson and the Tories were damning.

“Is the party over for PM?” “Asked the successful Daily Mail, while the Daily Telegraph headline read,” Johnson loses Tory support. “

“It’s my birthday and I’ll keep a low profile if I want to,” mocked the tabloid The Sun.

Johnson, elected by a landslide in December 2019, had hoped to start the new year again, leaving behind previous revelations about the Downing Street parties and allegations of cronyism and corruption.

Earlier allegations prompted him to appoint Sue Gray, another senior official, to investigate. His investigation has now been expanded to include the latest charges.

Meanwhile, London Metropolitan Police said they had been in contact with the Cabinet Office over the May 2020 rally, citing the possibility of a more serious criminal investigation.

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