MP must demand Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak's resignations, says Burnley Labour leader

Burnley Labour leader Afrasiab Anwar has called on the town's MP to do the "honourable thing" and ask for Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to resign.

Coun. Anwar said the Prime Minister and the Chancellor's actions were "indefensible" after the pair were issued with fixed penalty notices by the Metropolitan Police for breaking Covid lockdown rules in 2020.

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"At the time the story originally broke, the Burnley MP said 'I am just as angry as you are' but will wait for the findings of the report and anyone found to be breaking the rules would have to face the consequences,” said Coun Anwar. “I now ask Anthony Higginbotham MP to stand true to his word, put his head above the parapet and call for there to be consequences for those breaking the law."He should ask for the Prime Minister and the Chancellor to do the honourable thing and resign. They have apologised, but only because they have been caught out.”

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak both received fixed penalty notices after breaking Covid lockdown rules in 2020.

Coun. Anwar said Burnley residents were living under some of the county’s toughest restrictions, but still did the right thing, while Johnson and Sunak were attending parties.

“They were asking us to make huge sacrifices. Unable to see family members or attend funerals of loved ones, we did the right thing, and stepped up to protect our communities.

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“Britain deserves so much more. The Prime Minister and Chancellor have degraded the public’s trust in our institutions. They have shown a lack of respect, honesty, integrity and leadership and it's time for them to go. For repeatedly lying to their colleagues, and for repeatedly lying to the British public.”