CDC forecasts predict more than 62,000 deaths from Covid-19 in the United States in the next four weeks
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Labor leader Keir Starmer called on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to step down for a Downing Street party in May 2020.
Starmer called Johnson’s attempts to explain the party a “pathetic spectacle” and called on him to “do the honorable thing” and step down during Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ) on Wednesday.
A leaked email released on Monday showed one of Britain’s top officials invited staff to ‘socially distanced drinks in Garden No.10’ on May 20, 2020, as the country was under strict restrictions on coronaviruses.
Johnson said he “wanted to apologize” for the party in his opening statement Wednesday.
“I have to take my responsibilities,” he said.
Johnson later added that errors in judgment had been made and that he apologized for it.
“I want to repeat that I thought it was a professional event and Mr President, I very much regret that we did not do things differently that night,” Johnson said.
Ahead of Wednesday’s PMQs, various UK lawmakers called on Johnson to step down if he had misled Parliament about his presence at the party.
“If he broke his own guidelines, if he didn’t tell the truth, then that’s an extremely important issue. If the Prime Minister has misled Parliament then he must resign, “Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross told Sky News on Tuesday.
Other Conservative MPs shared their anger and frustration.
Christian Wakeford, Tory MP for Bury South, tweeted: ‘How do you defend the indefensible? You can not ! It is embarrassing and the worst part is that it further erodes confidence in politics when it is already weak.
Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner on Wednesday called Johnson’s position “untenable”.
Speaking to the BBC, Rayner said: “If he was at this party, he knows he broke these rules and must act on them.”
Ian Blackford, leader of the Scottish National Party in Westminster, has added to calls for Johnson’s resignation.
Blackford told Sky News that if Johnson broke the ministerial code he “should go.”
It would “really stick to the throats of people” who hadn’t been able to mourn the dead properly by the time of the party, “Blackford added.
On the day the party is said to have taken place, the UK recorded 268 deaths on its coronavirus dashboard.
On Tuesday, a group of people who have lost family members to Covid-19 wrote Johnson to express their anger at the new evidence that parties were held during the lockdown.
Hannah Brady’s father died four days before the alleged party.
“On May 20, 2020, my father’s death certificate was being signed. We were having his funeral 30 years too early … “Brady wrote Tuesday on behalf of a group called COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice.
“I had to stand and watch my grandparents collapse over a hole in the ground, terrified that if I approached them they would catch Covid and die too,” she added .
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