'Appalled and angry' at Downing Street staff

By Chris Were   |   Reporter   |
Thursday 20th January 2022 11:00 am
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A MONMOUTHSHIRE county councillor has described the news event surround the 10 Downing Street party as "an irrevocable and unforgivable loss of public confidence".

A number of local Conservatives have spoken about out over the alleged party at number 10 Downing Street including the leader of Monmouthshire County Council.

Council leader Richard John said: "Like residents across Monmouthshire, we’re appalled and angry at the behaviour of staff in Downing Street. We feel really sorry for all the people for whom this saga is bringing back painful and heart-breaking memories of the sacrifices they made back in May 2020 - those who weren’t able to say goodbye to dying relatives, meet their grandchildren, or were forced to undergo distressing medical procedures on their own.

"The Prime Minister needs to reflect on whether he can ever repair the broken bond of trust between him and the public, who are rightly furious. We’re all human and we all make mistakes from time to time. But when you make mistakes, it’s how you handle them that matters. You disclose all the relevant information, you apologise and you explain how you will put things right.

"I know many Monmouthshire residents voted for Boris Johnson and generally I think he’s navigated the pandemic well with brave and decisive judgements on the vaccine rollout, the bold call in December not to lock the country down, but if you ask the public to abide by rules, those rules are sacred.

"We urgently need to see what the report concludes in a few days’ time but the residents I’ve been talking to are sick to death of this and they feel that there’s been a complete and almost irreparable breakdown in trust between the Prime Minister and the public and I’m not sure if he can ever repair that."

Deputy Leader Cllr Sara Jones said, "Right now our political leaders in Wales and the UK need to be focussed on how we strengthen the economic recovery, better prioritise wellbeing and establish what a roadmap out of restrictions looks like.

"Instead, we are having to deal with what feels like an irrevocable and unforgivable loss of public confidence. It’s utterly shameful."

Conservative county council candidate for Caldicot Castle ward Benjamin Harris also commented on the 10 Downing Street party.

He said: "There really doesn’t need to be an inquiry. We have seen enough to determine what he did was wrong. It’s time to go Boris Johnson."

In the nature of opposition parties, Plaid Cymru Senedd member Delyth Jewell said on social media: "’Dubbed Operation Save Big Dog by the prime minister himself’. Every dog has his day. But yours is done, butty."

Abergavenny councillor Martyn Groucutt has written to Mr Davies over the events, and called on him to support removing the prime minister from office if he refuses to resign.

In an email to Mr Davies, Cllr Groucutt said those calling to wait for the outcome of the inquiry are "hiding from the obvious".

"Enough party givers and party-goers have admitted to their actions for us to know that we have had been subject to one set of rules for the ruling elite and another for the rest of us."

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