Another scandal has arisen in England regarding meetings held amid the coronavirus. This time, the British prime minister has come under the radar since he attended his birthday party, arranged by other conservative MPs back in June, 2020.
The news resurfaced just in time for the surge in COVID-19 cases in England. The conservative party is facing strong backlash from the public and opposition from other parties, including some of their own conservative party politicians.
Partygate is literally nothing else but a new term created during the pandemic regarded as meetings or gatherings held by party members or other politicians in the middle of the corona pandemic. The meetings took place at 10 Downing Street, its garden or other government buildings in London.
Various other high-profile government servants, statesmen, representatives and ministers have given their resignation because of their presence at the parties organised in 10 Downing Street. Metropolitan police are investigating the incidents while more than fifty penalties have been issued to those whom police think are part of the illegal activity.
The prime minister of England, Boris Johnson, is accused of lying and misleading parliament alongside his wife, Carrie Johnson, and Rishi Sunak, who is the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The first gathering of this kind was reported by the Daily Mirror during Christmas celebrations in 2020. An alleged video released by the press features Allegra Stratton, who is the Downing Street Press Secretary, has resigned from her government position. And in the course of 2021, a few days before Prince Philip’s demise, Downing Street held two other meetings and thus apologised to Queen Elizabeth II.
The metropolitan police are in charge of the investigations of breaches in COVID 19 rules and regulations. For this particular reason the leader of conservative party is facing strong criticism.
Few MPs of the party condemn action of Boris Johnson responding that he should resign from the position while others seem to protest the allegations and see this as not the only right thing to do.
Edited By: Khushi Thakur
Published By: Bhavya Dedhia