MP Alex ignores requests for ‘Partygate’ comment

MP Alex ignores requests for ‘Partygate’ comment

By Michael Upton | 19/04/2022

MP Alex  ignores requests for ‘Partygate’ comment

 

TORY MP Alexander Stafford has remained tight-lipped on calls for his bosses to quit after it emerged prime minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will be fined over the “Partygate” scandal.

The Rother Valley MP, who has taken a tough stance over lockdown breakers in the past, did not respond to a request for comment on the news the PM and Chancellor will receive fixed penalties over a gathering in Downing Street in June 2020.

Calls to Mr Stafford’s constituency office were going unanswered and he failed to respond to several social media users who asked him on Twitter to comment.

While many Tory MPs publicly backed the PM, Mr Stafford posted a photo of himself and his family on a day out in Lincoln on Twitter, while his latest Facebook posts relate to a petition on road safety measures at Thurcroft and his recent to Wales High School.

It’s not the first time Mr Stafford has ignored calls to comment — he failed to respond in October 2020 to our demands for him to explain why he had voted against extending free school meals through the school holidays.

The borough’s Labour MPs were much more outspoken on the Partygate fines, with Wentworth & Dearne’s John Healey and Rotherham MP Sarah Champion united in condemnation.

“These police fines are proof that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak broke the laws that they made and the rest of us followed during theCovid pandemic,” Mr Healey said.

“Lawmakers cannot be lawbreakers, and no-one is above the law.  

“Britain deserves better from its government and both should resign.”

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion echoed the call for resignations, saying: “It turns my stomach that while people in Rotherham made huge personal sacrifices to abide by Covid rules, our prime minister and chancellor decided they were exempt.

“Worse, they were the people who made the laws and threatened us to keep them, while they partied.

“In terms of democracy, their contempt for the law is hugely undermining — Boris and Rishi are elected to serve in the best interest of the country.

“The fact they have clearly demonstrated they think they are above the law, especially when it comes to measures to keep us all safe, is very disturbing.

“What else do they feel they can ignore for their own benefit?

“For once they should do the right thing and resign.”

It is understood the prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, is also among those to be fined.

A No 10 spokesman said on Tuesday that the PM and chancellor “have today received notification that the Metropolitan Police intend to issue them with fixed penalty notices”.

Mr Stafford told the BBC when strict regulations under “tiers” were introduced in autumn 2020 that “if you ignore the rules you’re endangering lives”, adding: “Let’s be honest, if people had obeyed the stricter rules, and hadn’t broken the rules, we wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Rother Valley Labour Party has launched an online petition demanding Mr Stafford calls for the PM’s resignation, which you can find at https://rvlabour.org/.

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