Dear Robert Goodwill

As you are aware recently both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak received Fixed Penalty Notices for breaking the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

These fines have since been paid, but this quite simply does not absolve them of blame. At least three more fines are likely for Mr. Johnson.

When the news about Dominic Cummings’ trip to Barnard Castle emerged in May 2020, you stated in an email to local residents that -“his (Cummings) position is untenable and he should be relieved of his post”.

You also stated that you “were disappointed that the Prime Minister did not take decisive action to make it clear that the same rules apply in Downing Street or to those who work in Downing Street as to the rest of us”.

Your position on this was welcomed by many local residents.

However, having now received clear evidence that the Prime Minister himself, alongside the Chancellor Rishi Sunak, did in fact break the law on multiple occasions we were disappointed to read in the Scarborough News on 13th April 2022 that you have renewed your support for both the Prime Minister and Mr. Sunak.

In defence of Mr. Johnson attending a birthday party, you said-

’It’s not like he went to an old people’s home or hospital without testing and spread the disease around and as a direct response people died”. We find this comment highly insensitive to all those residents who did lose loved ones to Covid-19”.

Astoundingly you also expressed your sympathy for Mr. Sunak-

I feel particularly sorry for the Chancellor because it sounds like he arrived early for the next meeting”. 

The rules meant we were all separated from loved ones. The disabled and other vulnerable people were  prevented from going outside or having simple human contact. Many were not able to be with their friends and family during their final hours. The NHS and other key workers were the very best of us.

It was a terrible time for so many, but the people of this country obeyed the law because it was the right thing to do. We all wanted to combat Covid-19, minimise its impact and work towards it becoming a distant memory.

As elected representatives, Members of Parliament are there to represent the people in their constituencies. They should take that responsibility seriously. Ministers must be held to the same (or higher) standard.

Residents across the Scarborough and Whitby area, whose interests you were elected to serve have expressed their disgust at parties in Downing Street.  Nationally, trust in Boris Johnson’s leadership is at an all-time low.

Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party believe the behaviour of Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson should be condemned by all.

You have said the PM has got all the big calls right. We can agree to disagree about that. However, even if the PM had an exemplary record on other matters, the many breaches of the Ministerial Code still require the PM to tender his resignation.

Yesterday, the eminent historian and cross bench peer, Peter Hennessey told BBC radio 4-

I think we’re in the most severe constitutional crisis involving  a PM I can remember…the great debaser in modern times…..the first law breaker to occupy the premiership…..the Queen’s first Minister is beyond doubt a rogue prime minister”.

Do you intend to do the right thing and call for the resignations of Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak? 

Yours Sincerely

Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party


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