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Highland MSP Emma Roddick says Prime Minister Boris Johnston and Chancellor Rishi Sunak must 'resign now' over Covid-19 coronavirus Partygate scandal if they 'value their own dignity at all'


By Scott Maclennan

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MSP Emma Roddick.
MSP Emma Roddick.

Highland SNP MSP Emma Roddick has said that if Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak value their dignity they will resign after being found to have broken Covid laws.

The pair were among dozens of others working in Downing Street who were fined by the Metropolitan Police for attending parties and gatherings during the lockdowns.

The affair sparked an enormous public outcry because the whole country was living under the threat of penalties if they did not obey the terms of the lockdown.

At the same time, those – primarily the Prime Minister and Chancellor – who made the laws failed to follow them.

Ms Roddick said: "While people across the Highlands and Islands were in lockdown at home, keeping their friends, families, and neighbours safe through pain, loneliness and loss, the Tories – who told us we had to do so to save lives and protect our NHS – partied at Number 10. This much is now clear and supported by the conclusions of the police.

“Johnson and Sunak must now resign, no ifs, no buts. They owe it to the people they endangered and insulted – the people of Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland, who deserve public representatives whose primary concern is to keep them safe.

“I’ve been disgusted to see Douglas Ross and others in the Tory party try and insist that this isn’t the right time for Boris Johnson to resign because there is a war in Ukraine.

“These are people willing to take advantage of the horrors of the Russian invasion just to save their own political skin. There are no words to describe how reprehensible I find this.

"It’s hard to expect from the Tories, but if Johnson and Sunak have any shame or value their own dignity at all, they will take responsibility for the damage they have caused and resign now.”

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