OPINION - Talking point: Should Boris Johnson resign?

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  • Boris Johnson
    Boris Johnson
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
  • Keir Starmer
    Keir Starmer
    British politician
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions (House of Commons/PA) (PA Wire)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson during speaks during Prime Minister’s Questions (House of Commons/PA) (PA Wire)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempted to hold onto his now loose grip on the leadership of his own party and the country, by offering a “heartfelt apology” in the Commons today. Mr Johnson’s attitude towards a string of alleged gatherings in Downing Street has been so far to deny he broke any rules, but today he at least admitted he was at the No10 garden party that is reported to have been attended by another 30 to 40 individuals – including his wife Carrie.

How Johnson holds onto power from here is unknown, but a lot will depend on the reaction of his own Tory MPs over the next 24 hours, as well as the British public and just how vitriolic this latest scandal to hit his already shaky premiership goes. Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused the PM of “lying through his teeth” at Prime Minister’s Questions today, and branded Johnson a “man without shame”.

Starmer was in a particularly feisty mood after what have been perceived as an underwhelming performance in this arena, often overshadowed by his deputy Angela Rayner. However, whoever faced Johnson today he was unlikely to have an easy time of it, with the boos and jeers ringing around the chamber growing louder the longer the prime minister spoke and attempted to explain what many think to be indefensible, how essentially someone could show up to a party and not know they were at a social event.

Do you think Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign following the admission he attended the garden party at 10 Downing Street? Let us know your thoughts in the comments for the chance to be featured on the ES website tomorrow.

Tuesday’s Talking point: Do you think Boris Johnson is ‘dodging the truth’ about No10 ‘party’?

ParisTexas wrote: “You have to know what truth is in order to dodge it. Ken Livingstone warned years ago about him becoming PM ...we get what we deserve,” which is a fair enough point.

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