Welsh Conservative politicians should demand the Prime Minister's resignation to "maintain credibility", the Welsh Liberal Democrat leader has said.

Jane Dodds, party leader and MS for Mid and West Wales, made the comments following new accusations of lockdown-breaching parties at 10 Downing Street.

An ITV News report this evening suggested that up to 30 people attended a "birthday party" for Boris Johnson during the first lockdown.

Downing Street said staff only “gathered briefly” in the Cabinet Room after a meeting.

But the broadcaster suggested the Prime Minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, had organised the surprise get-together on the afternoon of June 19 2020, when indoor social mixing was banned.

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“Party after party and scandal after scandal we have seen the Prime Minister and those around him continuously marred week after week," Jane Dodds commented this evening.

She added: “This can't go on any longer and the people of Wales who have sacrificed so much since the beginning of the pandemic deserve so much better, Boris Johnson must resign.

“It is also high time that Welsh Conservative MPs and MSs start demanding Boris Johnson’s resignation if they want to maintain any credibility in the communities they serve.”

The National Wales: Welsh Lib Dem leader Jane Dodds said that Welsh Conservatives should call on the PM to resign in order to maintain credibility. (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)Welsh Lib Dem leader Jane Dodds said that Welsh Conservatives should call on the PM to resign in order to maintain credibility. (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)

Some Conservative politicians in Wales have commented publicly on the ongoing parties scandal in Westminster, but all have stopped short of calling for Boris Johnson's resignation.

Last week Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones said she was "deeply angry on behalf of all those who made severe sacrifices during the pandemic," and called the alleged rulebreaking "abysmal".

"The Government has let itself down in recent weeks and it is more than time we put things right," she added.

Monmouth MP David TC Davies called the allegations "extremely serious", but said he would not comment further until the publication of the Sue Gray report.

Andrew RT Davies, the party leader in Wales, is said to have met with the PM last Wednesday.

The National attempted to seek the views of Conservative Senedd Members recently, but received no response.

Tomos Dafydd, deputy chair of the Welsh Conservatives, however, has been more vocal.

"His authority has decreased in recent days," he told S4C.

"It is hard to see how the Prime Minister can turn the opinion polls in his favour.”

Mr Dafydd added that it was "difficult to see how Boris can restore his leadership.”

The National Wales: The Welsh Conservatives have remained largely quiet on the parties scandal so far. (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)The Welsh Conservatives have remained largely quiet on the parties scandal so far. (Picture: Huw Evans Agency)

Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross, however, has openly called for the PM to step down.

It remains to be seen whether this evening's revelations will provoke further party figures in Wales to speak out.

The PA news agency was told tonight that Lulu Lytle, the interior designer behind lavish renovations of his No 10 flat, briefly attended while undertaking work in Downing Street.

A No 10 spokeswoman said: “A group of staff working in No 10 that day gathered briefly in the Cabinet Room after a meeting to wish the Prime Minister a happy birthday. He was there for less than ten minutes.”

ITV news also reported that later that evening family friends were hosted upstairs in the Prime Minister’s official residence.


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Downing Street said: “This is totally untrue. In line with the rules at the time the Prime Minister hosted a small number of family members outside that evening.”

A spokeswoman for Soane Britain, the luxury designer co-founded by Ms Lytle, said: “Lulu was present in Downing Street on June 19 working on the refurbishment.

“Lulu was not invited to any birthday celebrations for the Prime Minister as a guest.

“Lulu entered the Cabinet Room briefly as requested, while waiting to speak with the Prime Minister.”

The National Wales: Boris Johnson on the day of the alleged party (Picture: PA Wire)Boris Johnson on the day of the alleged party (Picture: PA Wire)

Sir Keir Starmer said it was “yet more evidence that we have got a Prime Minister who believes that the rules that he made don’t apply to him”.

“The Prime Minister is a national distraction and he’s got to go,” the Labour leader added.

The latest allegation came as senior civil servant Sue Gray was working on her inquiry into a series of claims of rule-breaking parties in No 10.

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Ms Gray’s inquiry, which could prove pivotal for the Prime Minister’s political survival, is expected to be published this week.

It was not immediately clear whether the latest allegation will further delay its publication, or whether the official had already been aware of it.

ITV News said that picnic food from M&S was eaten during the afternoon gathering lasting for up to 30 minutes, while Mrs Johnson and Ms Lytle presented the PM with a cake.

Martin Reynolds, Mr Johnson’s under-fire principal private secretary, was also said to have attended.

Additional reporting by Sam Blewett, PA Deputy Political Editor

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