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Boris Johnson Apologizes For Joining Booze Party During Lockdown

Boris Johnson has apologized for attending a lockdown-breaching party in May 2020 but stressed he thought it was a work event, Catherine Neilan reported for Business Insider.

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Johnson told a packed Commons chamber he "must take responsibility" for having attended the event, to which more than 100 staffers were invited and told to "bring your own booze." But he claimed he "believed implicitly this was a work event," noting the Downing Street garden had been "in constant use" during the pandemic.

Sir Keir Starmer, the leader of the main opposition party Labor, hit back, claiming his response was "so ridiculous as to be offensive to the British public," noting that "the British public think he is lying through his teeth.

"The party is over prime minister - the only question is will the British public kick him out, will his party kick him out or will he do the decent thing and resign?" Conservative MPs say Johnson is now in the end-game, with one telling Insider his “half-arsed apology” might “speed up” letters of no confidence.

A former minister said she would be "astonished" if his response didn't result in more letters of no confidence being sent to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the influential 1922 committee of backbenchers.

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Sir Graham keeps the tally under lock and key until the threshold is reached that would trigger a leadership contest. Under Johnson's current majority, a total of 54 letters would have to be sent in. On Tuesday, a snap poll found that two-thirds of respondents said Johnson should resign in the wake of the scandal.

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