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Boris Johnson statement in full: PM responds to partygate fine chaos


The partygate scandal has caused an uproar both in Government and among the public, with anger over the lax rules in Downing Street while strict guidance was enforced across the UK.

A poll of 2,464 adults by YouGov has revealed 57 percent of responders think Mr Johnson should resign as Prime Minister after being fined for attending a lockdown-busting party, while 30 percent say he should stay.

The same proportion said Mr Sunak should also resign as Chancellor for being at the same event, a birthday party for the Prime Minister in the Cabinet Room at 10 Downing Street on June 19, 2020.

In total, 75 percent of responders said they thought Mr Johnson knowingly lied to Parliament about whether he broke lockdown rules, with just 12 percent saying he did not.

Boris Johnson’s partygate statement in full

Mr Johnson said: “Today I’ve received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police relating to an event in Downing Street on 19 June 2020.

Let me say immediately I have paid the fine and I once again offer a full apology.

“And in the spirit of openness and humility I want to be completely clear about what happened on that date.

“My day began shortly after 7am and I chaired eight meetings in Number 10 including the Cabinet Committee deciding Covid strategy.

“I visited a school in Hemel Hempstead which took me out of Downing Street for over four hours.

“And amongst all these engagements on the day that happens to be my birthday, there was a brief gathering in the Cabinet room shortly after 2pm.

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