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Boris Johnson should be kicked out in the national interest, the Labor leader has said after new allegations that Downing Street has been drinking in violation of lockdown restrictions.

Sir Keir Starmer has further increased pressure on the vulnerable prime minister claimed he had lost his moral authority and was too preoccupied with “defending his rule violation.”

He also claimed that the many “partygate” allegations had increased people’s mental stress.

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Sir Keir’s sharp criticism comes after the Daily Mirror reported it Downing Street staff held “wine time Fridays” throughout coronavirus pandemic and was seen by the Prime Minister.

It was claimed that the regular events were so popular that staff invested in a £ 142 beverage fridge to keep their bottles of white wine, prosecco and beer cool, which had been picked up from a nearby Tesco Metro in a wheeled suitcase.

The latest accusations come afterwards Number 10 was forced to apologize to the Queen after the unveiling of parties held in Downing Street on the eve of Prince Philips’ funeral.

Sir Keir, who answered questions following a speech at the Fabian Society conference in London, said: “What we now stand for is a situation where you have a prime minister who has lost the moral authority to lead.

“And just when you need, because we are not out of the pandemic, a government that has the moral authority to lead, we have lost it with this Prime Minister.”

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He added: “Obviously, moral authority matters in relation to COVID, but we have other massive challenges that this country faces.

“We have a Prime Minister who is absent – he is literally in hiding at the moment and is unable to lead, so I have therefore concluded that he has to leave.

“And of course there is a party advantage in him going, but in fact it is now in the national interest that he go, so it is very important now that the Tory party is doing what it has to do and getting rid of him . “

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In response to another question, Sir Keir said: “I think, by the way, the partygate scandal, for lack of a better word … what has happened in recent weeks, where it has become clear that while the vast majority of the British public was After following the laws made by the government, the government and the Prime Minister celebrated in Downing Street.

“I think it’s increased stress mental health because so many people are now asking themselves, ‘Why on earth did I do that then while doing what they did?'”

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Meanwhile, Labor has moved to defend Sir Keir after the Daily Mail published a picture of him – who first appeared in the spring of last year – while drinking a bottle of beer while talking to party staff in an office while he was on the way to local elections last year.

This was at a time when indoor mixing was not allowed unless it was for work.

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A party spokesman said: “Keir Starmer was at work, met a local MP in her constituency office and attended an online Labor Party event. They paused for food as the meeting was during the evening. No rules were broken.

“There is simply no comparison between standing in a kitchen and having something to eat between meetings, with numerous, flamboyant breakaway drinks in the heart of the government, rejected by lies at the mailbox and resulting in an apology to the Queen.”

Faced with a mutiny among his MPs and activists, the prime minister is said to be planning a fight to save his premiership, which he calls Operation Save Big Dog.

His plan is said to include drawing up a list of officials he will ask to offer their resignation, and abolishing Plan B restrictions, including COVID passports, masks and work from home.

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