Thank you to all those who have contacted me to raise your concerns about Boris Johnson’s conduct as Prime Minister. As you can imagine, I have received hundreds of emails of upset and outrage in response to recent news of government’s misconduct. Like many constituents, I am appalled by the Prime Minister and Chancellor’s breach of COVID-19 lockdown rules. I believe that people feel let down, lied to and laughed at.

I know that many constituents did not agree with every rule that the Government implemented during the Pandemic, but people followed them none the less, because in this country we respect others. The overwhelming majority of Britons put the greater good above narrow self-interest and understood that the rules apply everyone. Yet the Prime Minister acted as if his own rules did not apply to him.

Mr Johnson now says that he will respect the outcome of the current police investigation, which remains in progress, and that he will “always take the appropriate steps”. If that is the case, I believe that the most appropriate step for him to take now would be to resign because, as the Leader of the Opposition has argued, he is not fit to lead this country and has lost the authority to govern.

Earlier this week, the Prime Minister addressed the House of Commons. The Prime Minister tried to move on from his so-called apology pretty quickly, but we weren’t prepared to give him an easy ride. I addressed the Prime Minister over his breaking of the rules and paid tribute to my old and dear teacher who sadly passed away in April 2020. Like so many others across the country, I and many of his friends and loved ones were unable to attend the funeral to say goodbye. In the response to the statement we heard numerous similar stories from MPs where the public followed the rules and sacrificed seeing or saying goodbye to their loved ones, while the Government failed to follow the rules the set themselves.

You can watch my response to the Prime Minister’s apology here.

As the Prime Minister has shown no indication of resigning, it is now incumbent on Government MPs to remove Mr Johnson from office; to bring decency, honesty and integrity back into our politics; and to stop the denigration of everything that our country stands for.

Image of Vicky Foxcroft MP giving a speech in the House of Commons
Image of Vicky Foxcroft MP giving a speech in the House of Commons
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