THE leader of Renfrewshire Council’s Conservative group insists Boris Johnson should quit as Prime Minister after attending a “bring your own booze” party during the first coronavirus lockdown.

Councillor Neill Graham has previously been supportive of Mr Johnson but has now backed calls from Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross for him to resign.

The Prime Minister admitted earlier this week that he attended a knees-up with around 30 other people in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, despite asking the general public to adhere to strict rules around gatherings.

Legal restrictions back then stated people could not leave home without a reasonable excuse and government guidance also said people should only meet one person outside of their household in an outdoor setting while exercising.

Councillor Graham, who represents Paisley Northeast and Ralston, said people across Renfrewshire made huge sacrifices at the time and, as a result of his actions, Mr Johnson should no longer lead the country.

He added: “Regrettably, the Prime Minister’s position is no longer tenable. The strict Covid restrictions were in place for everyone and no-one is exempt from the consequences of not following them.

“While I have previously supported the Prime Minister, he has lost the trust of the public at what remains a critical time for the country.

“People across Renfrewshire made enormous sacrifices during the pandemic and I share their anger at these revelations.

“I back the calls from Douglas Ross that the Prime Minister should resign now.”

About 100 people were invited by email to “socially distanced drinks in the Number 10 garden” on behalf of the Prime Minister’s principal private secretary, Martin Reynolds.

Mr Johnson said he was there for 25 minutes and believed it was a work event.

It has also emerged that his staff held two leaving parties at Number 10 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April last year, when rules at the time banned indoor mixing between different households.

Mr Johnson was not at either event but calls for him to step down are intensifying as revelations continue to seep out about alleged rule-breaking in Downing Street.