Outside Parliament, Ms Rayner said: “When you lie to the public and when you break your own laws, then the minimum standard you should expect is the Prime Minister to resign.”
Following the Sue Gray report’s discoveries of lockdown rule-breaking, Ms Rayner has been an outspoken opponent of the Prime Minister. She continued, “I’ve heard ministers out today saying: ‘Oh we’ve got to move on, this draws a line under it.’”
“It really doesn’t. Number 10 was the most heavily-fined property in the whole of the United Kingdom.”“That is a damning indictment and Boris Johnson should be ashamed of himself to think he can continue when other people lost loved ones and were not able to say goodbye to them.”
“It was a damning indictment of his own peers and many MPs within the Conservative Party were pretty clear that they think he’s done a disgraceful thing.”
“I think, you know, he’s mortally wounded.”
These comments were made even though both Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner received questionnaires from Durham Constabulary. While this investigation continues, Labour Party officials are adamant that drinking beer and pre-organising an Indian meal is a work gathering. Despite this, both the Labour leader and his deputy have said they will stand down if fined by police.
Ms Rayner was asked whether Labour would cease asking for Mr Johnson’s resignation now that the confidence vote has been conducted, Ms Rayner responded: “We’ve got the answers to the problems that the country faces at the moment, but the country will not move on while Boris Johnson the liar, the cheat and the law-breaker is continuing as Prime Minister, because it sets the standard for the future of our democracy.”
“If we allow a prime minister to continue in office when he smirks and laughs and has taken the public for fools and lied and broken his own laws, well there has to be a line that is drawn, and I think the public won’t move on until Boris Johnson is gone.”