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Petition Calling For Boris Johnson And Rishi Sunak To Resign Hits 400,000 Signatures

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Petition Calling For Boris Johnson And Rishi Sunak To Resign Hits 400,000 Signatures

Over 400,000 people have signed a petition in a bid to get Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to resign.

On Tuesday, 12 April, Johnson and Sunak received fines following the Metropolitan Police's investigation into the multiple parties that took place at 10 Downing Street despite the UK being under strict coronavirus regulations.

While both senior politicians have also issued apologies, a petition has since been started, calling for both Johnson and Sunak to step down from their political positions.

As of today, 14 April, the petition has already surpassed 400,000 signatures.

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At the time of writing - just two days since the fines were first announced - the petition has already received (at the time of writing) 417,705 signatures, with people taking to the form within seconds of one another.

The petition was first started by NHS nurse Matthew Tovey, who was 'working 12 hours shifts in the NHS - in full PPE - in the corridors of hospitals that had started to resemble battlefields,' as 'No.10 were partying in the Downing Street gardens'.

He wrote: "Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK, and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, were today issued fines for breaking lockdown regulations. Boris Johnson is believed to be the first Prime Minister to have broken the law whilst in office.

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"I do not believe that anyone who breaks the law should be allowed to remain Prime Minister or Chancellor."

Tovey reflected on 'struggling to save lives' with his colleagues in May 2020.

"There were too many patients and nowhere near enough staff. Boris Johnson has said that Downing Street was full of 'people working phenomenally hard under phenomenal strain'.

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"I do not believe that in 2020 their jobs were more stressful than our jobs, on the front lines. I do not understand why this means they were allowed to break the rules whilst myself, and my colleagues, worked hard to keep people safe," Tovey stated.

The NHS nurse concluded by emphasising how 'while members of this Government were partying and drinking,' he and his colleagues 'were at the coalface, saving people's lives'.

He said: "It was a horrible time. We weren’t thinking about partying. We were just missing our families. It was so stressful and there was nothing we could do to make things better.

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"Please sign my petition today if you agree with me that Prime Ministers and Chancellors should not be allowed to break the law and remain in office."

Giving their 'reasons for signing,' many members of the public echoed Tovey's anger.

One questioned how Johnson, Sunak or the rest of the conservative party can ever 'be trusted' again. "Lie after lie a rule for us and a totally different rule for them! [...] Totally disgusting," they said

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"Liars and cheats shouldn't be allowed to govern. #ToriesPartiedWhilePeopleDied," another wrote.

A third commented: "I'm signing because I mourned my dead mother ALONE despite my desperation for comfort as disgusting people partied."

Change.org noted that if the petition reaches half-a-million signatures it will become 'one of the top signed' on its site.

However, the petition won't be discussed in parliament even despite having passed the threshold because of it being on Change.org opposed to the official UK Government and Parliament website.

'Petitions calling for someone to resign and petitions asking for a vote of no confidence in an individual minister or the Government as a whole,' are also not allowed by the Government.

A similar petition sent to the official UK Government and Parliament website was subsequently rejected.

If you’ve been affected by coronavirus and want up to date advice, visit the Gov.uk help page here. If you need medical help call NHS 111 or visit online 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Boris Johnson, UK News, Politics, Rishi Sunak, Coronavirus

Poppy Bilderbeck
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