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Covid bereaved families say Johnson and Sunak must step down


Families who lost loved ones to Covid said there was ‘simply no way’ Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak could carry on

Relatives of Covid victims are calling on the Prime Minister and Chancellor to step down after causing ‘untold hurt’ for all those who have lost loved ones during the pandemic.

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The Covid-19 group Bereaved Families for Justice slammed them for taking the public “for mugs”, partying when people couldn’t be with their loved ones in their final moments.

Another bereaved charity told NationalWorld the Prime Minister should realize the “gravity” of his actions.

Representatives of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, (LR) Deborah Doyle, Lobby Akinnola, Hannah Brady, Fran Hall, Jo Goodman and Charlie Williams (Photo: Getty)

“They took us all for mugs”

Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice wants Boris Johnson and the Chancellor to resign over their ‘truly shameless’ behaviour.

Following the revelation of the police fines, they said the two would have to ‘leave tonight’ if the pair ‘have any decency’.

Lobby Akinnola, spokesperson for Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: “After all that has happened, it is still incredibly painful to know that the Prime Minister was partying and breaking his own lockdown rules – when we were unable to be with our loved ones. sides in their final moments, or in a miserable funeral with only a handful of people – because we followed the rules.

“The fact that the Prime Minister and his chancellor then lied about it, and would have continued to do so if the police had not intervened, is truly shameless.”

Mr Akinnola’s own father, Olufemi Akinnola, died of coronavirus on April 26, 2020 at the age of 60.

He said, “They broke the law.

“But even worse, they took us all for mugs.”

Mr Akinnola highlighted the moment he met the Prime Minister in Garden No 10 – the same one where they held law-breaking parties.

Mr Akinnola said: ‘He looked us in the eye and said he had done everything he could to save our loved ones.

“We now know that was a lie.”

Representatives of Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice pose for photos outside 10 Downing Street holding pictures of their deceased relatives after meeting Boris Johnson in Downing Street on September 28, 2021

The prime minister issued an apology, acknowledging he broke Covid laws, but resisted calls from opposition parties to quit.

He said he was ‘speaking in good faith’ as ​​he repeatedly said all guidelines had been followed in Downing Street.

Rishi Sunak also issued an apology and promised he would “deliver for the British people”.

However, despite their apologies, Mr Akinnola said: ‘There is simply no way for the Prime Minister or the Chancellor to continue.

“Their dishonesty has caused incalculable harm to the bereaved.

“If they had any decency, they would have left tonight.”

“The fallout from the pandemic has not gone away”

The UK’s bereavement reporting service, At A Loss, is currently dealing with “a tsunami of delayed grief and poor mental health” due to the pandemic, the charity’s executive director has told NationalWorld. .

The charity provides support, information and bereavement helplines, which can be found on their website.

Jane Woodward said the Prime Minister’s and Chancellor’s actions to flout Covid rules will be very hard to bear for the millions of people who have been bereaved over the past two years.

She said: “It can feel like time has passed and we should move on.

“But the fallout from the pandemic has not gone away.”

She added: “The behavior of the Prime Minister and the Chancellor goes far beyond just attending a 10-minute birthday party – it’s actually about taking public health seriously and demonstrating leadership in times of crisis.

“It would be nice to know that the Prime Minister realizes the seriousness of his actions.”

“Lives were in his hands then and inevitably will be again,” Ms Woodward said.

What did the opposition say?

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer was among those who immediately called on both the prime minister and the chancellor to step down.

He said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have repeatedly broken the law and lied to the British public.

“They both need to resign.”

He added: “The Conservatives are totally unfit to govern.

“Britain deserves better.”

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has claimed Boris Johnson ‘no longer has the moral authority to lead’.

Meanwhile, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also called on the Prime Minister to resign, saying: “He broke the law and repeatedly lied to Parliament about it.”

Members of the Conservative Party have also spoken out against the Prime Minister.

Tory backbench MP Nigel Mills said: ‘I don’t think the Prime Minister can survive or should survive breaking the rules he has put in place… He has been fined.’

He said the public was “rightfully angry that at a time when he was observing the strictest rules, the people making the rules didn’t have the decency to observe them”.