Vikki Slade calls on Michael Tomlinson MP to challenge No 10's boozy lockdown breaches

Dear Michael,

I am writing to express my disgust at the behaviour of the Prime Minister, his staff and other government ministers and my extreme disappointment at your silence over the series of parties, inappropriate work meetings and disrespectful behaviour towards the lockdown regulations and the suffering of people across this country.

During May 2020 you will recall we were doing all we could to stop people travelling into Dorset to take advantage of the beaches, explaining to people that they could only mix with people from their own family and expecting people to work from home.  My daughter had a birthday just days before the Downing Street party and we had to take chairs into the front garden so that we could talk to grandparents who could not come onto the garden but sat on the pavement to ensure we did breach the rules.  We placed two pieces of cake on the wall and they brought a flask so that there was no risk of contamination.

In December 2020 we had another birthday, at that time we were only allowed to mix with two other households and so to ensure our child could enjoy their christmas birthday we stayed alone on Christmas Day so that godparents could sit in the garden - in december - eating pizza and hot chocolate.  We did not have work gatherings, we did not meet colleagues for coffee even when those people would normally have been in our office with us.

In April 2021, at the time of the most recent breach, we had still not seen my husband's parents and exchanged gifts.  Ironically, just 5 days before the death of Prince Philip, we travelled to Windsor as the half way point to their home.  It was snowing and because we are a family of 6 we could not go inside a cafe with the grandparents.  We had to sit on a park bench by the Thames so they could watch the children open their Christmas presents and pop back to the car to warm up every so often.  Whilst this was going on, the Prime Minister and his friends were partying.

But we were lucky.  We did not have to say goodbye to friends or family on an ipad.  We did not have to cancel a wedding, or miss a graduation.  We did not have to leave an elderly lady to sit alone at the funeral of her husband, watched by millions around the world.

And now, when it comes to making amends for their action, we hear a hollow apology followed by a backtracking in the tea room and today when restrictions suggest he should be working but carrying out a daily lateral flow test we hear Boris Johnson has decided to self isolate.  The Prime Minister is a coward, a liar and if you fail to call him out you will be judged no better.

The people have had enough.  You know that I am not a Conservative, and that I will do all I can to ensure that this seat and others are lost at the next possible opportunity but I would expect you to be speaking out on our behalf.  Please advise whether you have called for Boris Johnson's immediate resignation and what you are personally doing to establish whether there are any further damning revelations.

I know you are a patriotic man, and you must surely agree that this is damaging our reputation in the world at the very time that we need to be establishing ourselves as a leading nation.  I look forward to hearing from you 


Vikki Slade
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson - Mid Dorset & North Poole
BCP Council Councillor for Broadstone
Dorset Area Representative for Western Counties Liberal Democrats
01202 604191 / 07717 358330

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