A LETTER campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice brands it a “matter of common decency and respect” for the Prime Minister to state if he was present at a Downing Street party in May 2020 or not.

Susie Crozier, a private tutor from Sunderland, said the latest in a series of allegations about potentially restriction-breaking gatherings has left bereaved families like hers feeling “constantly kicked in the gut.”

Susie's father, Howard Crozier, died on March 28 2020 after catching Covid in hospital, and she said she hopes that, with the latest reported incident, there is “enough public outcry now for Boris Johnson to go, frankly.”

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She described her father’s funeral in April that year, attended by two people, as “one of the bleakest experiences I’ve ever had.”

Speaking to the PA news agency, she accused Mr Johnson of “playing us for mugs” by refusing to say whether he attended the gathering along with his now wife Carrie, despite it being widely reported he was there.

She said: “If he hasn’t, you know, the courtesy to resign, someone needs to boot him out.”

Susie's views have been echoed by others around the UK including Hannah Brady, who said her father died after contracting Covid on his way to his job as a key worker in Wigan.

Hannah described the reported party, in the same location where the group met Mr Johnson last year, as a “flagrant breach” of the Government’s rules. 

She also urged him to apologise for the “additional hurt caused” by his reaction to being questioned by broadcasters about the gathering, saying he had “laughed, smirked and seemed to treat it as one big joke.”

A mother from Crystal Palace, Emma Jones, whose 18-year-old daughter died from leukaemia in May 2020 said adhering to restrictions at the time of her child’s death made an “incredibly painful situation even harder.”

Ms Jones said: “Ruby asked to be remembered by the motto, ‘live kindly, live loudly’, so I feel I have to shout about this now… if she were alive, she’d be hammering on No 10’s door with a protest banner.”

A letter from campaign group Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice brands it a “matter of common decency and respect” for the Prime Minister to state if he was present or not.

The campaign group had earlier released a statement saying that, if the Prime Minister attended the alleged gathering, his position is “untenable” and he has “lost all moral authority to lead the country”.


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