James MacCleary asks Maria Caulfield for clarity

james_pothole_head.jpgJames MacCleary, Lewes Liberal Democrats' Parliamentary Spokesperson has written to Maria Caulfield, asking her to clarify her position on Prime Minister Johnson breaking lockdown rules.

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Dear Maria Caulfield MP,

I’m sure you have already been contacted by many constituents who, like me, were shocked by the Prime Minister’s admission on Wednesday that he was indeed aware of parties taking place at Downing Street during the Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.

In particular, the ‘bring your own booze’ party that clearly took place on 20th May 2020 to which 100 staff were invited. A party that the Prime Minister attended. There are countless stories of the sacrifices made by your constituents during that lockdown. Families unable to be with loved ones in hospital, funerals taking place online, fathers unable to attend the births of their children. We made these sacrifices to stop the spread of Covid-19 and followed the advice given by the government.

As a council leader I relayed that advice and urged people to follow the rules. I saw the efforts that local volunteer groups put in to make sure that vulnerable people were not isolated. 

The Prime Minister and your government colleagues have betrayed everyone who sacrificed so much during that incredibly difficult time. As someone with a background in nursing, you know better than most the sacrifices people have made to protect others and the NHS. How can you stand by someone who has so brazenly and carelessly mocked them?

I am writing to ask you three things to which I hope you will give a proper answer:

1. Did you or any of your staff attend the 20th May 2020 party or any other parties that took place at Downing Street during the Covid-19 lockdowns?

2. With many of your party colleagues submitting letters demanding a leadership contest, will you support me in calling for the Prime Minister to resign?

3. Will you apologise to your constituents who feel betrayed by you and your government colleagues over this issue?

With this scandal worsening by the day surely it is time for you to put your residents ahead of your loyalty to your party.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

James MacCleary


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