“Partygate” scandal: Boris Johnson apologizes “unreservedly” to Parliament – Le Figaro

During his statement to the House of Commons, the Prime Minister apologized for attending a party in Downing Street in full confinement. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologized to MPs on Tuesday April 19 “without reservation” after being fined for breaking anti-Covid restrictions in June 2020, without convincing the opposition which once again has asked for his resignation. Read alsoThe sword of “Partygate” remains suspended over Boris Johnson Boris Johnson has claimed that it “did not occur to him, at the time or subsequently”, that his participation in a brief gathering for his birthday in June 2020 in Downing Street “could constitute a breach of the rules” then in force. “It was my mistake and I apologize unreservedly.” Event of less than ten minutes Boris Johnson is the first British head of government in office sanctioned for breaking the law and he faces other fines as part of the investigation into the “partygate”, name of the scandal of parties organized in the circles of power during the confinements put in place against the pandemic. The Tory leader was addressing MPs for the first time since he had to pay a £50 (€60) fine a week ago for taking part in this surprise birthday party for his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020 An event of “less than 10 minutes”, according to him, which also earned his wife Carrie and his finance minister Rishi Sunak to be sanctioned. “I respect the conclusions of the police investigation, which is still ongoing,” added the Prime Minister. He did, however, try to play down the significance of the scandal that infuriates the British on Tuesday by skipping after a few minutes about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A second wind “I know many people are angry and disappointed and I feel an even greater obligation to respect British priorities and respond to (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s barbaric attack on Ukraine.” A time on an ejection seat, “BoJo” found a second wind by highlighting its role on the front line of Western sanctions against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine. Many MPs who had asked for his departure now consider it inappropriate to chase him from Downing Street in this context. “A lot of the negative comments are from people who previously liked him, but have changed their minds.” Pollster James Johnson Opposition Labor leader Keir Starmer said on Tuesday that the Tory leader was “dishonest and unable to change. Boris Johnson is “a man without shame”, he claimed, urging the Tories to get rid of their leader to restore “decency, honesty and integrity” to British politics. The head of government also came under harsh criticism from within his own camp, with Conservative MP Mark Harper saying he was no longer “worthy” of being prime minister. The soap opera seems far from over. London police, who have already handed out 50 fines, are continuing their investigations and British MPs will debate on Thursday whether Boris Johnson knowingly misled Parliament – synonymous with resignation according to the ministerial code of conduct – by repeating that all the rules had been respected. “Liar” The Prime Minister will also have to face, on a date still unknown, the conclusions of the senior civil servant Sue Gray, who has already crushed in a preliminary report “errors of leadership and judgment”. He must also face the verdict of the polls in local elections on May 5. According to the press, Boris Johnson risks new fines, for at least five other festive events. Downing Street was keen to deny it after new details emerged in The Sunday Times, which described him serving drinks and making a speech for the departure of its communications chief on November 13, 2020. According to research published on Monday, 72% of respondents have a negative assessment of the Prime Minister, the term recurring most often being that of “liar”. Read also Boris Johnson’s surprise visit to President Volodymyr Zelensky “The fury has not receded,” tweeted pollster James Johnson, who carried out the study. “A lot of the negative comments are from people who liked it before, but have changed their minds.” SEE ALSO – Partygate: Boris Johnson says he is “sorry” in front of the deputies