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UK PM Johnson says he will not resign over alleged parties

UK PM Johnson says he will not resign over alleged parties

The UK Labour leader Keir Starmer accused Boris Johnson of changing his story over the parties and gatherings at his Downing Street office and residence and asked whether prime minister would now step down.

British PM confirmed on Wednesday he has no intention to resign after a series of alleged lockdown-breaking parties, but agreed ministers who knowingly mislead parliament should step down.

When Labour leader Keir Starmer asked a question about the perspective of PM and whether he is stepping down, Boris Johnson replied “No”.

Earlier, CGTN reported that London’s Metropolitan police investigate allegations of parties in PM’s residence and other government buildings that would have breached the strict health protocol.

This week, PM told the House of Commons that he welcomed the decision to conduct its own investigation.

“I believe this will help to give the public the clarity it needs and help to draw a line under matters,” Johnson said.

A Downing Street spokesperson was later asked if the head of the British government thought he had broken the law. “I need to be cautious about what I say,” he said, “but I think that’s fair to say that he does not.”

On Tuesday, the announcement by the UK’s most senior police officer comes after weeks of calls for a criminal inquiry to be launched.

“The Met is now investigating a number of events that took place at Downing Street and Whitehall in the last two years in relation to potential breaches of COVID-19 regulations,” Cressida Dick said.