Northumbria policing boss calls on ‘lawbreaking’ Prime Minister to resign

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness deemed the Prime Minister to have broken the law

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness publicly announced that she believed Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign from his position.

The Commissioner was in attendance at the Northumbria Police and Crime Panel on Thursday, January 20 and did not hold back when criticising Mr Johnson.

The Prime Minister's position is under pressure as he is accused of misleading the public and parliament about drinks events that took place at 10 Downing Street.

An inquiry, led by senior civil servant Sue Gray, is currently underway with both opposition MPs and members of his own party demanding the PM resign.

Now, the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner has added her voice to those calling for Mr Johnson's resignation.

Before delivering a policing report, Ms McGuinness said that she deemed Mr Johnson to have broken the law and criticised his leadership qualities.

Reflecting on the recent battle against the Covid-19 Omicron variant, she said: "People in the North East have done their bit again and done their best to try and stop the spread of another Covid variant.

"However, I think it is sad and would be remiss not to mention that in Downing Street it has been quite a different story and, from what I can see, the Prime Minister appears to have broken the law and that is the very law that he himself set in place.

"He appears to have attended a party when doing so was illegal and my view is that the Prime Minister should be resigning.

"What we need to see from our Prime Minister is a little bit of what we are seeing from public servants across the board, that exceptional leadership and model values.

"I just don't think that's what we are getting, but in Northumbria we are getting on with the job.

"Our force and our public services have dealt with it incredibly well, let's not forget they are as susceptible to this virus as all of us."