Johnson assumes responsibility, but will not resign over Partigate

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The "humble" Boris Johnson said he had taken full responsibility but would not give up after it was released the report which described in detail a series of illegal parties during the lockdown in Britain.

Johnson has faced repeated calls for the resignation of opposition politicians and some within his party over rallies at a time when the entire nation was closed due to strict cohort measures.

"I am humbled and I have learned the lesson," Prime Minister Johnson told parliament, saying he would not back down over the scandal.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Tras, who is considered a possible successor, said she supported the prime minister "100%" after his apology.

High Representative Sue Gray's report did not specifically accuse Johnson, but provided graphic details and included photographs of more than a dozen rallies.

He attended some, including the party where he celebrated his 56th birthday on June 19, 2020, for which he was fined by the police.

"Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen," the report said. "Senior management must be held accountable for such events."

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