Boris Johnson apology: People 'will be satisfied' says MP
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Conservative MP Brendan Clarke-Smith warned Boris Johnson that having apologised to the British public for attending the garden party may not be enough to clear his name. Mr Clarke-Smith reiterated that Mr Johnson hasn’t dodged any punishment as he urged the investigations to be “revisited”. He also clarified that only a minority of people will be content with the Prime Minister’s decision to clear the air and finally admit his wrongdoing.
A recent snap poll showed 66 percent of respondents back Boris Johnson’s resignation but Mr Clarke-Smith suggested some might have been won over once again by the apology.
Talking on GB News, he suggested that the “grey area”, arguably created by the 22 months since the garden party took place, will make it hard to determine whether Mr Johnson stuck to the rules or not.
He said: “I think some people will be satisfied with the apology certainly.
“I think the wider issues, I think about parties and investigations, I do think that needs to be revisited.
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“If people have broken the rules and the investigation says that, then I’d expect heads to roll obviously with that.
“The Prime Minister has given his case.
“I think the public wants to see people treated fairly.
“They stuck to the rules, the vast majority of people did.
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“The Prime Minister claims that he did, we have this grey area, of course, the leader of the opposition has used the workplace defence with having a drink and so on before.
“I didn’t criticise over that because I understand there is that grey area.”
But the public will not be fooled into thinking that he was there to thank his staff, as he said in his statement, as they are fully aware what an “actual party”, is the Tory MP said.
He added: “But at the same time the public really know the difference between what is an actual party as well and if it is shown that there has been a party you’d expect something to be done about that.”
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Chris Bryant, who is the former Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, was more damning in his verdict, taking a scathing swipe at Mr Johnson for thinking that his excuse that he was unaware to be at a social event would really wash with Britons.
He said: “How stupid does the prime minister think the British people are?
“So, the prime minister didn’t spot that he was at a social event. That’s the excuse, isn’t it? Come off it.
“I mean how stupid does the prime minister think the British people are.
“The worst of it is he’s already managed to completely destroy Allegra Stratton’s career, he’s tarnished the reputation of Lord Geidt, and now he’s making fools of every single MP who cheered him earlier, every single one who goes out on the radio and television to defend this shower of shenanigans.
“Would it not be absolutely despicable if, in the search for a scapegoat, some junior member of staff ends up losing their job, but he kept his?”
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