Boris Johnson’s recent fine over a party he attended during lockdown has caused clashes on Loose Women, with Nadia Sawalha telling Denise Welch: ‘You really annoyed me’.
On Wednesday’s episode, Denise was asked by host Jane Moore if she believed Boris should resign for breaching his own rules, and she answered firmly: ‘No.’
Explaining her reasoning, Denise, 63, said that in her opinion it was ‘better the devil you know,’ and she believes he is ‘doing the best job he can’ with the situation in Ukraine.
Responding on Thursday’s episode, Nadia, 57, said: ‘Denise I love you but you really, really annoyed me yesterday. I held back from phoning [you].’
‘This is the man that came up with the lockdown rules and then didn’t stick to them time and time again,’ she said, saying the Prime Minister has ‘lied to us again and again and again.’
She went on to recall a young girl Mr Johnson praised after she wrote to him telling him she didn’t have anyone attending her birthday party.
‘It’s not just one thing and this is the problem,’ she continued.
Linda Robson, 64, suggested that Mr Johnson ‘made a mistake’ and that he has ‘paid the price’ but the other panelists disagreed.
‘One of the Loose Women not so long ago was weeping downstairs because she felt enormous guilt that she hadn’t broken the rules and comforted one of her relatives at a funeral,’ Nadia recalled.
Linda said that her daughter also lost her father during lockdown and that she told her to break the rules to visit him in hospital.
She also suggested that Mr Johnson didn’t organise the party himself.
The other panellists pointed out that she’s not the one expected to lead the country, and that Mr Johnson should behave to a higher standard.
Sunetra Sarker, 48, went on to urge her colleagues not to ‘pile on’ Linda.
On Tuesday, No 10 confirmed that Mr Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak will be fined for attending parties in Downing Street during lockdown.
The Met’s investigation into alleged breaches of Covid regulations found the country’s two most senior politicians broke the very laws they set at the height of the pandemic.
The pair are now facing calls to resign following the revelations – and may yet be hit with more fines.
Mr Johnson is the first sitting prime minister in history to have broken the law. His wife Carrie Johnson has also been fined.
He later issued a groveling apology.
The PM said: ‘I have to say, in all frankness, at that time it did not occur to me that this might have been a breach of the rules.
‘But of course the police have found otherwise and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation.’
Asked if he would resign following the explosive revelations, Mr Johnson did not address the question directly, but said: ‘I want to be able to get on and deliver the mandate that I have, but also to tackle the problems that the country must face right now and to make sure that we get on with delivering for the people in this country.
‘That is my priority.’
Loose Women airs weekdays at 12:30pm on ITV.