Thornberry asks Boris Johnson to offer Queen his resignation
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has called on more than 2,500 Liberal Democrat advisers across the UK to table no confidence motions against Boris Johnson in response to the ‘Partygate’ scandal. The vote will put pressure on local Tory councilors to show they no longer support Mr Johnson, amid growing public anger over repeated lockdown breaches in the heart of Downing Street. Sir Ed told Express.co.uk: “Conservative advisers need to make it clear where they stand, with Boris Johnson, a disgraced Prime Minister, or with local residents who are rightly furious about this scandal.
“We have an army of thousands of Liberal Democrat advisers working hard for their communities.
“They are listening to local residents who are saying Boris Johnson needs to do the right thing and step down.
“Whether in true blue Buckinghamshire, rural Shropshire or anywhere in between, the Liberal Democrats have shown we can beat the Tories to their old heart.
“This May, people who are fed up with Boris Johnson have an opportunity.
“If Johnson doesn’t deliver his opinion, they can tell him the party is over by voting Liberal Democrat.”
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The Prime Minister has been shaken by a series of deconfinement evenings which have been revealed in recent days.
On Wednesday he read a statement in the Commons saying he wanted to ‘apologize’ for the events and acknowledged the ‘anguish’ and ‘sacrifice’ made by millions of Britons.
On Thursday evening it was reported that two more staff parties had taken place at No 10 on April 16 – the day before Prince Philip’s funeral.
The Telegraph reported that staff partied in the basement of No10, to music DJd by a special adviser, one participant broke Wilf Johnson’s swing in the garden and another was sent to the Co -op with a suitcase to buy more alcohol.
Downing Street apologized to Buckingham Palace on Friday for the insensitive events.
The party’s latest revelations prompted a backlash from opposition parties, who pitted the lenient behavior of No 10 staff against photos of the Queen sitting alone at her husband’s funeral, due to Covid restrictions.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said it was ‘deeply regrettable that this happened at a time of national mourning’.
These transgressions were added to the list of social gatherings in government buildings being investigated by senior civil servant Sue Gray.
The Liberal Democrats say they have ‘warned the Prime Minister’ after two by-election victories last year in Chesham and Amersham and North Shropshire.
The historic victories have been noted as the 18th and 7th biggest swings in British political history.
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The party is now targeting the Conservative core councils known as the blue wall, ahead of local elections which are less than three months away.
Mr Davey has criticized Conservative councils which he says have taken areas for granted across the country for decades.
The Liberal Democrats have either full control or influence over more than 50 local authorities across the country, responsible for billions of pounds of public spending.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats of the Local Government Association and Cotswold District Council, Cllr Joe Harris, told Express.co.uk: ‘We are hearing outrage across the country from the residents we serve.
“Millions of people have sacrificed so much during this pandemic. From calling off weddings to not being able to say goodbye to loved ones in hospital, Boris Johnson has failed every one of them.
“We are urging local councils across the country to voice the concerns of their residents and table dozens of motions of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
“Together we can send a powerful message to Boris Johnson from communities across the country that it is time for him to go.”
The grassroots effort by the Liberal Democrats comes as a number of Tory MPs publicly call on the Prime Minister to step down.
Among those who have publicly expressed their displeasure are Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, William Wragg, Caroline Nokes, Sir Roger Gale, Baroness Ruth Davidson and Andrew Bridgen.
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The motion sent to Liberal Democrat advisers and councils across the country says: ‘The council notes its deep disappointment with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
“The Council further notes that the Prime Minister acted unlawfully, misled Parliament and lied to the residents of our country.
“Councils adds that while the Prime Minister attended Downing Street parties, millions of people obeyed the lockdown rules, often at huge personal cost.
“They missed funerals, called off weddings and said goodbye to dying loved ones in video calls – some on the same day Number Ten illegally held a garden party.
“The Council condemns the Prime Minister who has now become a threat to the health of our nation, and for the good of the country still in the grip of this terrible pandemic, he must resign.
“The Council calls on the leader of the Council to write to Boris Johnson stating that the Council has no confidence in his leadership and asking him to resign.
“The Council decides that we no longer have confidence in the Prime Minister.”
Downing Street has been approached for comment.