Johnson takes responsibility for lockdown parties

STORY: Boris Johnson said he was humbled and took full responsibility...

After a damning official report on Wednesday (May 25) detailed illegal alcohol-fuelled parties at his Downing Street office during coronavirus lockdowns.

The British prime minister has faced repeated calls to resign from opposition politicians and some in his own party, after it was revealed Johnson and his officials broke rules against socializing outside the household.

Meanwhile, many ordinary people missed the funerals of loved ones.

"And I also want to say, Mr. Speaker, above all that I take full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch. Sue Gray's report has emphasized that it is up to the political leadership in Number 10 (Downing Street) to take ultimate responsibility. And of course, I do."

The report by senior official Sue Gray did not specifically blame Johnson, but gave graphic details and included photographs from more than a dozen gatherings, some of which he attended.

Johnson was among those fined over a party to celebrate his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020, though Gray said he was unaware of the gathering in advance.

At a leaving party in June 2020, a scuffle broke out, one attendee was sick and excessive amounts of alcohol were consumed, the report found.

Johnson said he was appalled by some of the behavior it had uncovered.

Opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer said the report would stand as a monument to the, quote, "hubris and arrogance" of Johnson's government.