The Prime Minister continued to support senior official Martin Reynolds, who invited colleagues to the gathering in May 2020 during England’s first lockdown, and has refused to say whether he attended it himself. But voters in Bristol have said Boris Johnson should resign or at least apologise if he is found to have attended the party. Speaking to LBC, one Brit said: “I think that he should resign really. He has to run the country and breaking the rules shows weakness in the Government.
“Somebody else needs to step forward who can make us all feel confident in what we voted for.”
Another added: “The way I look at it is, the people who couldn’t attend funerals and weddings. I do have some sympathy, politicians work hard but they’ve got to play by the rules.
“I don’t think he has to resign necessarily but he needs to throw himself on his sword and make an apology.”
While one woman said: “It’s typical and it’s what to be expected.
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“I think we should concentrate on other things now. I don’t think it’s good, I think it’s extremely bad but I was expecting that.”
A fourth person noted: “I was fuming, my whole family had to stay in and no one could work.
“Money was an issue, I had to try get a second job.
“It was a £10,000 fine! That to him is nothing, he should pay more for that fine and he shouldn’t be Prime Minister.”
Mr Ross restated his view that the Prime Minister could not continue if he is found to have misled Parliament about the so-called ‘partygate’ rows.
The leaked email, which came to light on Monday, was an invitation to “socially distanced drinks” following an “incredibly busy period” as the Government dealt with the initial wave of Covid-19.
Mr Johnson will face a difficult session of Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday but dodged scrutiny in the Commons on Tuesday, sending paymaster general Michael Ellis to face an urgent question instead.
The Prime Minister has refused to say whether he attended the gathering along with his now wife Carrie – although it has been widely reported he was there – insisting it was a matter for the investigation being led by senior official Sue Gray into a series of alleged rule-breaking parties held in Whitehall and Downing Street during the pandemic.