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Redditch MP and Council Leader stand by embattled Boris Johnson

Ross Crawford 13th Apr, 2022

REDDITCH’S MP and Council Leader have rallied round in support of embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Both the PM, his wife Carrie Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak were handed fines for breaking lockdown laws after attending a birthday gathering for Mr Johnson at Downing Street during the first lockdown.

As a result Mr Johnson became the first serving Prime Minister to be sanctioned for breaking the law.

All three have since apologised and Mr Johnson has vowed to carry on and ‘deliver on the priorities of the British people’.

Redditch MP Rachel Maclean said: “The Prime Minister and Chancellor have apologised about inadvertently breaking lockdown rules while they were working in Number 10.

“They have my full support as they continue to #StandWithUkraine and lead our nation’s recovery from the pandemic.”

Council Leader Matt Dormer said: “The Prime Minister has been punished and now let’s move on.

“As the leader of the country he’s under a lot of pressure and sometimes, inadvertently, the ball gets dropped.

“He’s only human, as we all are, and he’s apologised.

“He’s focused on leading the country and he’s getting the job done.”

However opposition parties have accused Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak of lying to the public about their attendance at the Downing Street gathering, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales demanding they step down.

The SNP and the Liberal Democrats also led calls for Parliament to return from its Easter break so the PM and chancellor could face questions from MPs.

Still to be published is the long anticipated report into ‘partygate’ by senior civil servant Sue Gray and the possibility of further police fines.

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