Martin Docherty-Hughes, MP for West Dunbartonshire, has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign over the latest scandal to hit Westminster.
Local SNP MP Docherty-Hughes raised concerns in the House of Commons during an urgent question on reports that UK government officials held parties in Downing Street during lockdown last Christmas.
It follows the launch of an investigation after leaked video footage showed officials at No. 10 joking about covering up a party reportedly in breach of Covid restrictions.
Speaking in Parliament, Martin Docherty-Hughes MP highlighted that 514 people had died from Covid-19 on the day the Downing Street party is believed to have taken place – accusing the UK government of showing contempt for the sacrifices his constituents have made during the pandemic.
Opinion polls published this week show that more than 80% of Scots believe Boris Johnson hasn’t told the truth, and 67% think the Prime Minister should resign.
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP said:
“I’ve been contacted by many constituents this week who are angry and upset by the arrogance and contempt shown by Boris Johnson’s government in Westminster.
“People have sacrificed so much during this pandemic; and for those families in mourning it has been especially painful to learn of parties at No. 10 during lockdown at a time when many were unable to be with loved ones.
“In West Dunbartonshire and across the UK people have had to miss funerals and births to help tackle Covid-19, while officials in Downing Street threw parties and laughed about it.
“The lies and deceit of this Tory government have eroded public confidence and undermined efforts to combat this deadly virus at a very critical time.
“And this is just the latest in a line of scandals since Boris Johnson took office – including peerages for Tory donors, contracts for cronies, and dodgy donations to fund luxury holidays and home refurbishments.
“It’s clear Boris Johnson isn’t fit to be Prime Minister. He should finally show some leadership, take responsibility and resign.”
Martin’s Urgent Question to Parliament on concerns about lockdown parties at Downing Street can be viewed here: