Boris urged to quit over ‘Partygate’ culture

Boris urged to quit over ‘Partygate’ culture

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected calls to resign after an inquiry Wednesday found that he presided over a culture of lockdown-breaking parties that featured drunken fighting among staff. Johnson is among dozens of people in Downing Street who have received police fines for breaching COVID regulations since 2020 — making Number 10 the most penalised address in the entire country.

“I take full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch,” he told MPs in response to the long-awaited report by senior civil servant Sue Gray, insisting: “I am humbled, and I have learned.”  But Johnson said he was absent from most of the events, and denied ever lying to parliament, or urging Gray privately to bury her 37-page report.

He expressed hope that with the investigation now over, “we will be able to move on” in addressing priorities including the war in Ukraine and a spiralling cost-of-living crisis in Britain. Gray published photographs of Johnson toasting staff with wine and described revelling that sometimes stretched into the early hours to music from a karaoke machine.

“Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen,” Gray wrote, revealing that Downing Street security and cleaning staff were mocked when