Southend local Liberal Democrats have accused the Conservatives of "failing the country" and added that while thousands in Southend made sacrifices, Boris Johnson's Number 10 partied.
The Liberal Democrats have also branded Conservative MPs supporting Boris Johnson as "insulting local people's sacrifices."
The Sue Gray report includes pictures of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak together at a birthday party. The report came with a damning line to Boris Johnson's Government saying, "the senior leadership at the centre, both political and official, must bear responsibility for this culture."
Responding to the news, Carole Mulroney, Leader of the LibDem Group on Southend City Council said:
"While local residents made sacrifices, and I myself lost my own sister during the pandemic, Johnson's Number 10 partied. They think it's one rule for them and another for the rest of us.
"The Sue Gray report is an insult to those sacrifices. We have all seen the pictures. It's clear they think they can take the British public for fools.
"Whilst people in Southend and around the country were suffering, we know Boris Johnson's Downing Street was the scene of raucous parties and disgraceful behaviour. It is time Johnson did the decent thing and resigned. "
Responding to the Sue Gray report, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey added:
"This report lays bare the shocking failures of leadership by Boris Johnson and shows why he's not fit to be prime minister of our country. Johnson has dragged his entire government through the mud to protect his own job. He didn't care while he laughed and broke the rules while the country was in lockdown. And he doesn't care now. When every household in Britain faces eye-watering costs at the petrol pumps, sky-rocketing food prices and massive energy bills. Any other Prime Minister would be forced to resign by a report as damaging as this, yet still Conservative MPs defend the Prime Minister and allow him to cling on."
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