Dear Mr. Goodwill
As you are aware the Sue Gray report was published earlier this week. The report investigated 16 of the unlawful events which took place during lockdown in Downing Street where the Metropolitan police found multiple breaches of the Covid rules. In this report, Ms Gray criticised Boris Johnson’s leadership and the toxic culture in Downing Street.
In our previous open letter to you, posted on our website on 18th April 2022, we asked you if you would be calling for Boris Johnson’s resignation following him being issued with a fixed term penalty notice from the Metropolitan police. Regrettably we did not receive a reply from you. However a number of local constituents contacted us regarding the identical replies they received from you in response to their concerns over Johnson’s leadership and their genuine disgust at his behaviour.
In your email to them, which was subsequently reported in the Yorkshire Post on 20th April 2022, you re-iterated your support for Johnson whilst also asking constituents for their views on who should replace him.
You told them in this email:
“There is a whole mine of talent (sic)within the current cabinet who could potentially take over number 10. It would be helpful if you could let me know which of the alternatives you believe would make the best Prime Minister”.
A YouGov poll published on 26th May indicated that 71% of Britons think that Boris Johnson is not genuinely sorry about what happened during lockdown.
We agree with them.
At the the of writing 22 of your colleagues in the Conservative party have submitted letters of no confidence in Johnson.
Stephen Hammond, Conservative MP, stated ” I cannot and will not defend the indefensible”.
The Right Hon Member of Parliament, Alice Kearns (Conservative), said in her statement
“It is wrong that many families were banned from saying goodbye to their dying loved ones, whilst the Prime Minister was complicit in the holding of many parties for his staff which we now know displayed a complete disregard for restrictions and were complete with vomiting, fighting and bullying”.
We now know that Mr. Johnson deliberately misled the public on this issue and lied to the House of Commons on December 1st 2021, when he stated “All guidance was followed completely in Number 10”.
Scarborough and Whitby Constituency Labour Party are extremely concerned about the hurt and pain caused to local people by Mr. Johnson’s disgraceful behaviour and more generally about the subsequent lack of trust voters will have in the highest office in British government as a result.
Therefore we urge you to respond to the following questions:
1. Do you agree with 71% of the British public who believe that Boris Johnson is not genuinely sorry for his behaviour?
2. Will you join your Conservative colleagues in calling for his resignation?
Please put yourself into the shoes of just one of the tens of thousands of grieving families who had to say goodbye to a dying loved one via a zoom call, How would you feel? And how might you feel again, explaining to your friends and relatives what a fool you were to obey the laws the Prime Minister was continually announcing on nationwide TV, perhaps going to his next post-broadcast illegal party appointment minutes later? ‘
We look forward to your timely response.
Scarborough and Whitby CLP