Minister whose newborn sons died in pandemic criticizes No 10 parties | Conservatives
Minister says Boris Johnson needs to ‘change his ways’ as he recalls how, in the same month when some in No 10 were ‘not behaving properly’, he was unable to support his children before their death.
Guy Opperman, Minister for Pensions and MP for Hexham, said Johnson should remain in office, but criticized the breach of the rules.
Johnson continued to face criticism, including from those on his bench, after he admitted to attending a ‘bring your own booze’ garden party at No 10 on May 20, 2020, which he said to understand as a “work event”.
Opperman and his wife Flora’s newborn twins, Teddy and Rafe, died the following month.
Speaking to the BBC’s Politics North programme, the Tory MP said: ‘I am quite emotional about this because in May 2020 my wife and children were sick and they went to hospital. I couldn’t go there to support them. And I have constituents who couldn’t go to nursing homes, to funerals, who obviously obeyed the rules, and very clearly in number 10 at that time there were a number of people who didn’t behaved improperly. I feel pretty emotional that I couldn’t provide for my wife and children.
Another Tory MP, Ian Levy, said he was unable to see his relative due to the restrictions. The MP for Blyth Valley said in an online statement: ‘My own family have been affected by this – unable to see my wife’s mother as she died in a care home.
“I understand the real anger at reports that those in power were not playing by the rules. The public deserves better than that.