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'Boot out Boris Johnson' protest set to be held in Lowestoft as Suffolk MP Peter Aldous speaks out over Downing Street parties



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Protestors are set to gather in Lowestoft tomorrow calling for the Prime Minister to resign over the latest revelations of parties in Downing Street while the country was in lockdown.

It comes as Boris Johnson admitted he had attended a garden party in Downing Street in May 2020 while strict Covid restrictions were in place, and he apologised in the House of Commons during Prime Minister's Questions earlier this week.

But many people have still been calling for the PM to step down, and the 'Boot out Boris Johnson' demonstration, being organised by the group Lowestoft People Before Profit, is also hoping to see just that.

Lowestoft's The Britten Centre. Picture by Mark Westley
Lowestoft's The Britten Centre. Picture by Mark Westley

Organiser Kevin Wingfield said: "We've called it because of the scandal which has come to a climax this week.

"With the situation where people have been unable to visit their dying relatives and we were told to stay at home while our rulers were having parties - it's absolutely outrageous.

"I know lots of people are angry and People Before Profit got the backing of a number of people to hold this protest."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to get their jabs. Picture: Kirsty O’Connor/PA (53661913)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged people to get their jabs. Picture: Kirsty O’Connor/PA (53661913)

Mr Wingfield said there had been a big reaction to the event online, and he hoped the demonstration, which will see people meet outside the Britten Centre from 1.30pm, would be well-attended.

It's not just the news that elected officials breached Covid rules that has caused them to call for this protest though.

"With all the other things happening, gas and electric prices are going through the roof and there's a crisis in the hospitals, we think there must be an election as soon as possible, these people should face the music," Mr Wingfield added.

"The situation is absolutely dire, we think the boil needs to be lanced. This government needs to go and there needs to be a fresh election. Johnson needs to face the music and go."

It comes as Waveney MP Peter Aldous told BBC Radio Suffolk's Mark Murphy this morning that his views have 'changed significantly' over the last 10 days.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney. Picture: House of Parliament
Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney. Picture: House of Parliament

When asked if he thought Mr Johnson should resign, the MP said: "I'm getting that way."

"I said to you 10 days ago that we couldn't have a Conservative party leadership contest with all that's going on in the country," Mr Aldous added.

"I think with all the revelations that we've had since would show that if we don't, you're just paralysing the wheels of government and those vitally important issues of recovering from Covid, from addressing the costs of living standards, the whole Levelling Up that's been such an important part of being in this government, then it's going to be in a state of paralysis going on for weeks or months."

The MP added that he believed there were some 'very, very angry people' out in the country, with his constituents reflecting that too.

Mr Aldous said: "I think the main theme is those who make the rules should adhere to them and set a good example, and clearly that's not been happening, as indeed the two further reports of the two parties that happened on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral would appear to confirm."

But he said he would not go as far as saying the PM should resign now.

"We've got Sue Gray's report coming out, I have my doubts that that will exonerate the Prime Minister, but we need to wait to see what happens after that," he said.

"I think if that does not sway public opinion, I have my doubts as to whether it will, I hope the Prime Minister will do the honourable thing and resign and we can move on and address those issues."