Sir Tony Blair says he ‘understood’ how No 10 sides happened

The former Prime Minister said he couldn’t remember throwing drinking parties during his time at No 10 (Image: REX)

Sir Tony Blair claims he can ‘understand how’ the lockout parties have gone on in Downing Street.

The former Prime Minister has deemed the gatherings ‘inexcusable’ but refused to see if his successor Boris Johnson should resign.

His intervention comes amid growing anger over the Prime Minister’s handling of the situation, with more reports of No 10 parties continuing to emerge.

Sir Tony, who has lived and worked in the building for a decade, said he could ‘understand people feeling outraged and very angry’ about the alleged breach of Covid restrictions, but for knew he could also see it ‘from a Downing Street perspective’.

The former Labor leader told Times Radio he doesn’t remember throwing a party while in power.

But he said: ‘The people in Downing Street will have to work under the greatest pressure, with great difficulty.

‘I understand how it happened.

“But the trouble is, you can come up with an explanation but you can’t really justify it.”

Sir Tony continued: ‘People are subject to restrictions, often at a heavy personal cost and anguish and grief, and it shouldn’t be allowed to happen, to be honest.
“But I guess he (Mr Johnson) knows it.”

The 68-year-old said he didn’t want to be ‘questioned whether to resign’ when asked but added of his time at Downing Street: ‘When you’re there it’s a pressure environment and you usually unstable work. – run out, so most people at the end of a busy day just want to go home. ‘

In recent weeks, the former Prime Minister has faced backlash for being appointed by the Queen as a Companion of the Garter’s Noblest Knights, the oldest and most senior Knight Order of the Garter. Brother.

A petition on change.org to strip him of his knighthood has gathered more than a million signatures, with the campaign calling him ‘the least deserving’ after sending Britain to war in Afghanistan and Iraq.


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Sir Tony said he ‘expected’ people to criticize the decision but argued that some ‘wanted to say the only thing the government has done is Iraq and ignore all the rest of us’.

Hundreds of thousands of people are believed to have died in the fighting.

The former Prime Minister continued: ‘Especially in today’s politics you don’t take the lead and make decisions without causing a lot of outcry and so it (the backlash) doesn’t surprise me. course.

‘The best thing is to just accept that of course there will be people who strongly oppose and hate me for various reasons, and this is just what happens in politics. “

He said he was ‘absolutely happy with Tony’, rather than being called ‘Sir Tony’, in honor.

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