UK PM Johnson facing new ‘partygate’ claims ahead of India visit | World News

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing new allegations on Monday round “partygate”, the scandal surrounding authorities officers breaching coronavirus guidelines with unlawful lockdown gatherings, and will likely be hoping to flee some of the warmth when he leaves for India on Thursday.

Johnson has already been fined for one such occasion, for his birthday in June 2020, when his spouse Carrie introduced a cake to the Cabinet Room and has additionally been fined together with UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

However, in response to UK media experiences, Johnson is believed to have been linked with round six out of the 12 lockdown events underneath police investigation.

‘The Sunday Times’ quoted a supply as saying {that a} leaving drinks gathering for Number 10 Downing Street’s outgoing director of communications, Lee Cain, in November 2020 was allegedly “instigated” by Johnson.

“He said he wanted to say a few words for Lee and started pouring drinks for people and drinking himself. He toasted him,” the supply was quoted as saying.

It has led to renewed Opposition requires Johnson, 57, to step down. Labour Party Deputy Leader Angela Rayner mentioned that “if the latest reports are true”, it means “not only did the Prime Minister attend parties, but he had a hand in instigating at least one of them”.

Rayner accused him of intentionally deceptive the British folks “at every turn”.

She added: “While the British public was making huge sacrifices, Boris Johnson was breaking the law.

“The Prime Minister has demeaned his office. The British folks deserve higher. While Labour has a plan for tackling the cost-of-living disaster, Tory MPs are too busy defending the indefensible actions of Boris Johnson.”

While Downing Street has maintained it will not touch upon the problem till Scotland Yard’s investigation into the matter is concluded, Johnson will likely be hoping to deflect consideration from the problem when Parliament returns after its Easter recess on Tuesday with different urgent issues.

The battle in Ukraine and his scheduled two-day visit to India, beginning with Gujarat on Thursday, will likely be among the many points he’s anticipated to concentrate on in Parliament.

“As we face threats to our peace and prosperity from autocratic states, it is vital that democracies and friends stick together. India, as a major economic power and the world’s largest democracy, is a highly valued strategic partner for the UK in these uncertain times,” Johnson mentioned, ahead of his visit from April 21 to 22.

“My visit to India will deliver on the things that really matter to the people of both our nations – from job creation and economic growth, to energy security and defence,” he mentioned.

The visit this week, Johnson’s first as UK Prime Minister, will start in Ahmedabad on Thursday with funding bulletins in key industries in each the UK and India.

He will then proceed to New Delhi to fulfill Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, when the main focus will likely be on India-UK strategic defence and diplomatic and financial partnership. According to officers on each side, Johnson may also use his India visit to drive progress within the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations launched earlier this year. 

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