Voters in the Scottish Borders town of Selkirk were asked what they made of the Downing Street party scandal following huge backlash from voters and MPs alike. But one irate citizen called for Boris Johnson to resign and that he needed “a kick up the arse” in a foul-mouthed rant. Two Scottish mothers were also asked for their opinions and recalled how some mums had to give birth on their own and without family support and called it “disgraceful” that Downing Street was having parties.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, one woman was asked what she made of Boris Johnson.
She bluntly replied: “Oh he needs a kick up the arse.”
When asked if he should resign, the woman said “absolutely” but said he would not do “the decent thing”.
Mothers Nicola and Laura were also asked for their verdict on Boris Johnson and recalled how some mothers did not receive adequate support throughout lockdown.
One said: “Things were not available for people who are pregnant and things like that, which especially for first-time mums who haven’t had that experience before and he’s having a party at the same time – it’s pretty disgraceful.”
The other mother said: “There are some mums… that had to give birth on their own so if that was me finding out that Boris Johnson had a party in his garden while mothers had to give birth in a terrifying time…
“It’s just disgraceful.”
Channel 4 News remarked how everyone they spoke to said the Prime Minister should resign.
Boris Johnson is facing a rebellion from the Scottish Conservatives after leader Douglas Ross called for his resignation following the No10 Downing Street gathering scandal.
Mr Ross has been backed by the majority of his 31 MSPs who say the Prime Minister’s position is untenable following his admission he attended a party in lockdown.
Mr Johnson is now not expected to speak at the upcoming Scottish Tory party conference but the Scottish Conservatives have not confirmed his attendance.
Mr Ross’ condemnation of Mr Johnson caused a civil war among the Tories with Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg calling Mr Ross a “lightweight” who has never truly backed the Prime Minister.
Following an email sent on May 20, 2020, which asked Downing Street staffers to attend a “bring your own booze” gathering, further parties and gatherings at No10 were made public.
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The Telegraph reports further gatherings were held in April 2021 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral which saw the Queen sit alone during the ceremony due to coronavirus restrictions.
Around 30 people reportedly attended the leaving parties which saw people drinking and dancing throughout the night.
Since the news, Downing Street has apologised to Buckingham Palace and said the parties were “deeply regrettable”.
Former No10 communication chief, James Slack, apologised for the parties and for the “anger and hurt” it had caused as the leaving event was held for him.
Mr Johnson has been reported as not attending any of these parties.