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Prime Minister 'delivering for Britain', West Norfolk MP insists despite new lockdown party row

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A West Norfolk MP has backed beleaguered Boris Johnson amid the latest revelations about lockdown-busting parties in Downing Street.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has insisted the Prime Minister is “delivering for Britain”, even as he faces calls from all sides of the political divide for his resignation in the wake of the latest revelations.

Yesterday, Mr Johnson apologised as he admitted he had attended a gathering in the Downing Street garden on May 20, 2020 – during the first nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (54245269)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (54245269)

A leaked email, released earlier this week, showed recipients were invited to "bring your own booze" to the event.

However, Mr Johnson maintained he had believed it was a work event, though he said “with hindsight” he should have sent all those present back inside.

Following his comments at Prime Minister's Questions, Ms Truss, the MP for South West Norfolk, took to social media to back her leader.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss

In a Twitter post, she wrote: “The Prime Minister is delivering for Britain - from Brexit to the booster programme to economic growth. I stand behind the Prime Minister 100% as he takes our country forward.”

But four Conservative MPs, including the party's leader in Scotland, Douglas Ross, have joined opposition leaders in calling for Mr Johnson to go.

However, the North West Norfolk MP James Wild said the current investigation into the various gatherings should be concluded before that issue is considered.

He said: “My constituents who have sacrificed so much during Covid feel let down and are angry.

“The Prime Minister has rightly apologised personally and has acknowledged he should have acted differently.

“Now we need to wait for the results of the inquiry (by senior civil servant Sue Gray) with all the facts which I hope will be concluded rapidly.”

Many other senior Tories in the region have been tight-lipped as the public and political outrage unfolds.

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