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Nicola Sturgeon says it is time for Boris Johnson to resign following Christmas party scandals

© PAFirst minster Nicola Sturgeon
First minster Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign over the scandal surrounding an alleged party in Downing Street last Christmas.

Asked by Green MSP Gillian Mackay MSP at First Minister’s Questions if she thought it was “time for this corrupt prime minister to go?” Ms Sturgeon replied, “yes I do”.

Boris Johnson has been under significant pressure this week after a video surfaced showing Number 10 staff joking about the lockdown-busting gathering, which is reported to have taken place less than 24 hours before Boris Johnson announced people could not see loved ones from other households over Christmas.

Mr Johnson, facing criticism from senior members of his own party and hit by the resignation of his former press secretary Allegra Stratton, who was shown in the video, has instructed the Cabinet Secretary to investigate.

Boris Johnson urged to ‘come clean’ over allegations of Downing Street Christmas party during lockdown

The first minister said Mr Johnson has “many questions to answer” over the Christmas parties row.

Ms Sturgeon later said: “I don’t think it is simply a corrupt incumbent of Number 10 that has to go, I think it is time for Scotland to get rid of the broken, corrupt Westminster system that is holding us back.

“While Gillian Mackay was asking her question there, I had members of the Tory group shouting at me from a sedentary position that these issues had nothing to do with us here in the Scottish Parliament.

“Well, I beg to differ. I think the principles and the values of openness and integrity and transparency matter to all for those of us who care about democracy in this country.

“I don’t think it is simply a corrupt incumbent of No 10 that has to go.”