British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not attend an official event he had planned on Thursday because “a member of his family has tested positive” for COVID, a government spokesman reported.
Johnson had planned to visit a vaccination center in the English county of Lancashire, where he was expected to answer questions from journalists about the controversy over his attendance on May 20, 2020, during the first confinement, at a garden party in his official residence in Downing Street.
“The Prime Minister will not visit Lancashire today as a member of his family has tested positive for coronavirus,” the source stated.
“He will follow the guidelines for vaccinated people, which includes taking daily tests and limiting contacts with other people,” the spokesperson added.
The political opposition, led by Labor, as well as some conservative deputies, although not ministers, called on Wednesday for the resignation of the head of the Government, after he apologized to Parliament for his attendance at that party but with the justification that thought it was “a work event.”
The officer Sue Gray is now investigating whether this and other events organized in Downing Street during the lockdown violated the rules. It is expected to release its findings next week, although analysts predict it will only establish the facts without attributing responsibility.
Scottish Conservatives call for Johnson’s resignation
The leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, Douglas Ross, called on Wednesday for the resignation of the British Prime Minister, his co-religionist Boris Johnson, after he admitted that on May 20, 2020, in full confinement, he attended a massive party in his Downing Street residence in London.
“Unfortunately, I have to say that his position is not sustainable,” the Scottish leader told the British network Sky News. “He is the prime minister, it is his government that makes the laws and he has to account for his actions,” he said.
Conversation after the apology
“I do not believe that his position as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party (of the United Kingdom) is sustainable, he has to resign,” he also told the BBC public channel.
Ross spoke by phone with Johnson after the chief executive appeared in the British House of Commons, where he apologized for attending the event, organized by his secretary, Martin Reynolds, although he assured that he thought it was a “business appointment. “.
In the same conversation, the Scottish deputy informed him that he had sent a formal letter to the president of the conservative parliamentary group, Graham Brady, who, if he received 54 of these critical letters from parliamentarians, could instigate an internal motion of no confidence against him. Prime Minister and promote a process to replace him.
Ross’s call for resignation follows that made by other British Conservatives and the leaders of the opposition Labor, Scottish National (SNP) and Liberal Democrats.