Peston: Dawn Butler MP says Keir should have told ‘chief lawbreaker’ Boris to resign


She said: “I think at the end of the day, people are exhausted. They’ve had enough.

“Ten days ago, we knew this was a story. You’re telling me the Prime Minister of our country didn’t say: ‘What happened? Put everything on my table. Give me everything within 24 hours’.

“You’re telling me it’s taken ten days until the leak of a video, then he says he’s going to have an investigation?

“Nobody’s going to believe that. He’s taking the mickey out of people and I think everybody has absolutely had enough.

“They’ve been laughing at us for a really long time and people have had enough.”

Mr Peston continued to press the MP for Brent Central on whether Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer, should have called for the Prime Minister’s resignation.

She said: “Yes, I think he should have done. Ten days ago if the Prime Minister had apologised that would have been ok.

“He could have said: ‘It was wrong. There shouldn’t have been a party. There needs to be a proper investigation. We’ll pay the £10,000 fine and we’ll accept the punishment.’ 

“He is the chief lawmaker and he’s also the chief lawbreaker. The buck stops with him.”

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A Tory spokesman said: “Senior CCHQ (Conservative Campaign Headquarters) staff became aware of an unauthorised social gathering in the basement of Matthew Parker Street organised by the Bailey campaign on the evening of December 14.

“Formal disciplinary action was taken against the four CCHQ staff who were seconded to the Bailey campaign”.



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