Alastair Campbell provokes outrage after suggesting Theresa May returns as acting PM to replace Boris

There have been calls for Boris Johnson to resign over the Partygate scandal

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Alastair Campbell has sparked outrage for suggesting that Theresa May should return as acting Prime Minister to replace Boris Johnson.

There has been calls for Mr Johnson to step down from his role after receiving a fixed penalty notice over the Partygate scandal.

And Mr Campbell, who is best known for his role as Tony Blair's spokesman, believes that Theresa May should return in in his place.

In a tweet he wrote: “An idea in the national interest. Theresa May steps in as acting Prime Minister, Sajud Javid as Chancellor, Jeremy Hunt at health while Johnson and Sunak disappear as they should.

Alastair Campbell
Alastair Campbell

“And the Tories run a leadership election without them.”

The post sparked debate with mixed reviews.

One person replied by saying: “Good God. I confess I have no knowledge of football but this is like picking players from a relegated division 3 team and putting them up against Manchester City.”

While another said: “There's always a first time.....i AGREE with you!”

The comments come after Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and Scottish First Minister urged Mr Johnson to resign.

But in a video address on Tuesday, the PM vowed to continue in his role.

Mr Campbell believes Theresa May should become acting Prime Minister
Mr Campbell believes Theresa May should become acting Prime Minister

He said: "Today I've received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police relating to a Downing Street event on 19 June 2020.

"Let me say immediately, I have paid the fine and want to offer a full apology.

"There was a brief gathering in the Cabinet Room shortly after 2pm, lasting less than 10 minutes, during which people I worked with passed on their good wishes.

"At that time it did not occur to me this might have been a breach of the rules.

"The police have found otherwise and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation."

He added: "I understand the anger many will feel that I myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules which the government I lead had introduced to protect the public.

"I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better."

"I will take forward that task with due humility."

When asked whether he will resign over the incident, Mr Johnson said: “I want to get on and deliver the mandate that I have. That is my priority.”