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An open letter to Newark MP Robert Jenrick: We’ve been in touch several times over recent months regarding the parties which happened in 10 Downing Street while the country was in lockdown.

The Prime Minister said that “no parties took place” and that “no rules were broken”. This has to be a lie. Mr Johnson simply cannot claim that when he walked into a room where people were not socially distancing and were drinking alcohol on what was clearly a social occasion that he was “assured no rules were broken”.

He saw the rules being broken, right before his own eyes.

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Indeed, my own granddaughters (aged three and seven) would have recognised that situation as a party. Therefore, if he can’t see that, then I simply cannot trust him to make serious and the sort of life and death decisions that are involved in running this country.

In Parliament, you were one of the loyal MPs who stood up, and suggested the country needs to ‘move on’. Yes. We do need to move on; but we should not accept that we have to move on with Boris Johnson holding the greatest office in the land.

I understand that the parties took place a long time ago, and that since then the rules have changed. I am aware that since then we have seen Ukraine suffer at the hands of Russia, and that we are now gripped by a deepening cost-of-living crisis.

However, none of these things should change the severity of what was happening behind the doors of No 10 when people could not attend weddings and funerals, no one could celebrate birthdays and our children were being schooled at home; these were rules imposed to stop the spread of a deadly virus ­— and most of us made sacrifices.

Suggesting it is time to “move on” while not insisting the leader takes accountability for his actions sets an incredibly dangerous precedent and has the potential to undermine the judicial system. The passing of time does not, should not and simply it cannot diminish the severity of the crime.

Please use this recess ­— when MPs reportedly return to their constituencies ­— to listen to your constituents and act on their views when Parliament returns on June 6; and submit a letter of no confidence. ­— M. Chesney, via email.

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