Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw has urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to quit over his controversial attendance at a Downing Street drinks party.

Mr Johnson yesterday admitted attending the 'bring your own bottle' garden party, which took place on May 20, 2020, at the height of the first Covid lockdown.

That has prompted Mr Carlaw – a former leader of the Scottish Conservatives – to urge the Prime Minister to stand down.

He told the Barrhead News: "It is clear to me that his actions in this case were wrong and he has, in consequence, lost the confidence of much of the country.

"As such, I have reached the conclusion that his position is no longer tenable and I have publicly called on Boris Johnson to step down as Prime Minister."

Mr Johnson has offered an apology over the gathering in the Downing Street garden, which he said he had attended for about 25 minutes to "thank groups of staff" for their hard work during the pandemic.

However, he added that he had "believed implicitly that this was a work event" and suggested it was "technically" within the rules that were in place at the time.

Despite the apology, there have been widespread calls for Mr Johnson to quit, with Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross among those saying he should stand down.

Mr Carlaw added: "People are rightly angered about what has gone on and, regrettably, I do not believe that he should continue in the role."