Don't play politics over COVID-19 measures, says UK PM Johnson

"I don't think the public do want to see confidence in these measures undermined," Johnson told parliament

  
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at Parliament in London, Britain, December 8, 2021, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during the weekly question time debate at Parliament in London, Britain, December 8, 2021, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

LONDON- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged opposition politicians on Wednesday not to play politics over a video showing his staff joking about a reported party in Downing Street during a COVID-19 lockdown.

"I know that the implication that he is trying to draw, that the case that we're now investigating somehow should undermine public confidence in the measures that we are taking. But I may say to him ... I think it is a grave mistake to try to play politics with this issue," Johnson said in reply to a question from opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer.

"I don't think the public do want to see confidence in these measures undermined," Johnson told parliament.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Elizabeth Piper, editing by David Milliken) ((elizabeth.piper@thomsonreuters.com; 07979746994; Reuters Messaging: elizabeth.piper.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))


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