THE Prime Minister and Chancellor have been urged to resign after it was revealed they will both be issued with fines for breaches of Covid-19 regulations

Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak will be both fined, alongside the prime minister’s wife Carrie Johnson, following allegations of lockdown parties in Downing Street and Whitehall.

It means Boris Johnson is the first sitting prime minister in history to have broken the law, despite Downing Street previously saying that he had not broken the rules.

The prime minister, speaking in the Commons in December after allegations about parties in Downing Street first emerged, said that “all guidance was followed completely in No 10”.

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North East Labour MPs were quick to respond to the news on Tuesday afternoon, calling for Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak to resign.

Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North, said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak have broken the laws they set and expected the British public to follow. They then repeatedly lied about doing so. They must both do the decent thing for once and resign.”

In Middlesbrough, it’s Labour MP Andy McDonald said: “It is clear that both Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak broke the law. It is beyond doubt that they must both now resign.

“They have shown utter contempt for the people of this country – the very people they are meant to represent. They are unfit to hold office.”

And Durham City MP, Mary Kelly Foy added: “Here it is. Undeniable evidence that the Prime Minister broke the law, laws that he created and repeatedly told the public to follow. His position is untenable. He must resign.”

Easington’s Grahame Morris said the PM should be removed from his post “kicking and screaming if necessary”.

The Northern Echo has contacted all MPs in County Durham and Teesside for comment.

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