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Bereaved families, our key workers and all those that diligently followed the government’s rules to reduce the transmission of Covid 19 have been insulted by the constant stream of revelations about the Prime Minister’s heartless and irresponsible behaviour during that time, and his lack of truthfulness in Parliament about that conduct.

The integrity of the British system of democracy relies on the commitment of MPs to respect the requirements of the Ministerial Code.

Our MP, Alex Chalk, has signalled his unhappiness about this in his recent column in the local paper. As an experienced barrister and the Solicitor General, he knows that respect for the concept of the rule of law, and trust in our politicians to show that respect, is central to the proper functioning of our democracy.

But so far, all he has been prepared to do is to ask Boris Johnson to make an apology.

Labour says that an apology is not enough for the British people, and it should not be enough for Alex Chalk.

We urge him not to join the rest of what Keir Starmer calls the ‘nodding dogs’ on the Tory benches in Parliament.

As Solicitor General, his job is to provide legal advice to the government and the prime minister.

We understand that legal advice should be given confidentially.

Mr Chalk should be telling Boris Johnson ‘you broke the Ministerial Code – I advise you as your lawyer that you should resign’.

Traditionally it is ‘the men in grey suits’ who have told Tory Prime Ministers that the game is over and they should resign.  Alex Chalk should dust off his grey suit and join them.

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