A SOUTHAMPTON MP has again called on the Prime Minister to resign following the latest Commons clashes over Partygate.

Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, spoke out after angry exchanges during Prime Minister's Questions yesterday.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Mr Johnson of “slandering" the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In his Easter Sunday sermon, Justin Welby said the policy of sending some asylum seekers who arrive in the UK illegally to Rwanda cannot "stand the judgment of God".

Mr Johnson accused "senior members of the clergy" of misconstruing the policy in a speech to Tory MPs on Tuesday evening.

He was attempting to rally support from fellow Conservatives after saying sorry for flouting Covid laws and being fined by police.

Sir Keir accused Mr Johnson of not being sincere in his apology for breaking the rules at his birthday party in June 2020.

Last night Dr Whitehead said: "It's clear Boris Johnson doesn't quite understand the strength of public feeling regarding his breach of his own laws.

"I still think the best thing for him to do is to resign."

Royston Smith, Tory MP for Southampton Itchen, said: "I was hoping to hear some questions about government policy or Labour’s alternative suggestions.Once again it was not to be.”

Julian Lewis, Rory MP for New Forest East, referred to a question he put to Mr Johnson in the Commons on Tuesday.

He asked Mr Johnson if he had the power to authorise Sue Gray to publish her Partygate report in full, adding: "If so will he use that power to put an end to this matter so we do not get diverted - as we are being - from such crucial questions as the supply of armaments to the Ukrainian democrats."

Mr Johnson said: "I think it is very important that the Met should conclude its investigation before Sue Gray's final report."


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