Harlow MP Robert Halfon on Boris Johnson and Downing Street drinks party: “We have all been let down”

News / Thu 13th Jan 2022 pm31 01:17pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has reacted to the prime minister Boris Johnson’s statement in the House of Commons after Mr Johnson admitted attending a drinks party in the grounds of 10 Downing Street during lockdown in May 2020.

Mr Halfon said: “I reiterate what I have said previously to Your Harlow:

“The ruling classes imposed these tough Covid restrictions on all of us and they should have abided by them.

“I am glad there is an independent inquiry led by a respected Senior Civil Servant into the truth of what has gone on. I hope that inquiry concludes soon to help determine what actions need to be taken.

“Whoever is found to have broken the rules, regardless of their position, should face the consequences – according to the law – without fear or favour.

“Whilst I acknowledge the Prime Minister has rightly apologised to the nation, clearly these parties should never have happened – we have all been let down.

“I respect the fact that people will have different views as to what needs to happen in the immediate future but Boris Johnson has said he will return to Parliament to make a further statement and take responsibility for the findings once the outcome of the inquiry has concluded. This must happen sooner rather than later.

“I think fair-minded residents will know that regardless of the disruption and goings-on at Westminster, I always work hard for Harlow, bringing in many millions of pounds for our town’s renewal, for education and skills and for our hospital and NHS.

“I do my best to support our businesses and charities, and will continue to campaign hard to cut the cost of living.”

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9 Comments for Harlow MP Robert Halfon on Boris Johnson and Downing Street drinks party: “We have all been let down”:

peter henegan
2022-01-13 14:29:32

Robert, I don't always agree with you but on this occasion I share your views. Good that you have publicly stated them on here

Colin Hay
2022-01-13 14:37:57

A party/meeting/event is bad enough but attempting to cover it up with a smug look and a claim that all rules have been complied with is an insult to peoples intelligence. Time for a leader with integrity.

Dave Summerville
2022-01-13 15:21:00

Could never understand Robert supporting Boris for PM in the first place--knowing his past record for dishonesty to say the least--and time now shows the guy was never fit for any office of any sort--shame on Boris and those who backed him.

Keith Sullivan
2022-01-13 16:18:27

While the inquiry is welcome, it is not necessary to wait for the outcome of it to judge the PM. He stated to Parliament that there were no parties in No. 10 and that Covid rules were followed at all times. He has now admitted that he, personally, attended at least one of these parties where the rules were clearly broken, what part of Lying to the House of Commons does Mr Halfon not understand? The man has to go, and go now!

2022-01-13 20:00:29

Still not brave enough to vote against the whip on the VAT motion though Robert. Despite calling for it yourself on three occasions. Weak like Boris

David Forman
2022-01-14 00:58:00

Robert Halfon is trying to fool us all when he says, "The ruling classes imposed these tough Covid restrictions on all of us." Even as a young child I understood that Conservative MPs were part of the ruling class.

Tony Edwards
2022-01-14 18:09:04

Given that "True Blue" Royal Sutton Coldfield Conservative Association have called for Johnson to resign isn't it time the local Harlow Conservative Association made their position clear. Their silence at the moment is deafening.

2022-01-14 18:28:35

My only fear is that after the independant inquiry, it still has to be signed off and approved by the person who will feature in the report... It's a bit like a naughty child being given a damming report to deliver to their parents and being told you'll be in serious trouble when they read it.. Make sure you deliver it to them!

2022-01-15 11:00:02

The anticipated report on the flagrant misbehaviour of national government employees is completely unnecessary What is the point of a civil servant compiling a report that will condemn her boss to further vilification. The court of public opinion has already made judgement on this current scandal and should make its decision known in no uncertain terms.

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