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Tories in Medway are being called on to condemn Boris Johnson over lockdown parties in Downing Street.

The PM is facing increasing pressure to quit from all sides amid further details of gatherings in May 2020 and April last year.

Cllr Alex Paterson
Cllr Alex Paterson

Rochester and Strood MP Kelly Tolhurst has received a letter from Cllr Alex Paterson (Lab) urging her to use her position to call on the Tory leader to step down.

The letter says "think of the sacrifices made by our constituents, contrast it with the Prime Minister's shameful conduct and remove him from office".

It adds: "The party is well and truly over for the Prime Minister.

"The culture of rule breaking in Number 10 has been exposed. But he remains in his job."

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service this morning, council leader Cllr Alan Jarrett (Con) said: "They have instituted an inquiry and I think we should wait and see the outcome of the inquiry before we act too hastily. "

Since then, his opposite number – Labour group leader Cllr Vince Maple – has published a letter written to Cllr Jarrett asking him to criticise Mr Johnson.

Kelly Tolhurst MP
Kelly Tolhurst MP

He said: "I’m writing to encourage you to condemn the Prime Minister and his team’s actions, in public.

"This contemptible behaviour needs calling out, regardless of political persuasion."

This morning, details emerged of two more parties on April 16 – the day before Prince Philip's funeral in Windsor.

Senior civil servant Sue Gray is currently conducting an inquiry into the alleged breaches of lockdown rules within the government.

Speaking earlier this week, Ms Tolhurst said: “I am pleased the Prime Minister has apologised for the activities that went on at No10 Downing Street during the first lockdown in May 2020.

Medway Council leader Alan Jarrett
Medway Council leader Alan Jarrett

"The rules were put in place to protect the country and the people from this deadly virus.

"Whether you are an elected politician or someone who works within Government in Whitehall, the rules should apply to everyone equally.

"As someone who held a ministerial post during the first lockdown, I find it quite unbelievable that these activities took place, and I like everyone am upset by what has been reported.

"I was abiding by lockdown restrictions unable to see my family and friends in person like everyone else.”

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