BORIS JOHNSON has taken a dig at the SNP in his defence of accusations he broke the rules at Downing Street parties during the pandemic.

The Prime Minister referred to the SNP the “Scottish Nationalist Party” rather than the Scottish National Party after Ian Blackford urged him to “do the decent thing” and resign.

The party's Westminster leader said: “The Prime Minister stands before us accused of betraying the nation’s trust, of treating the public with contempt, of breaking the laws set by his own Government.

“A former member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, Paul, wrote to me this morning. His father died without the love and support of his full family around them because they followed the regulations, Prime Minister."

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Blackford went on: “Paul said ‘as an ex-soldier, I know how to follow the rules but the Prime Minister has never followed any rules. He does what he wants, and he gets away with it every time’. The Prime Minister can’t get away with it again. Will the Prime Minister finally do the decent thing and resign or will his Tory MPs be forced to show him the door?”

Johnson responded: “I want to thank the right honourable gentleman for his political advice which I will take with a pinch of salt since he comes from the Scottish Nationalist Party but I think most people looking objectively at what this government has delivered over the past 18 months would agree...we have delivered the fastest vaccine and booster rollout in Europe."

The Tory leader has repeatedly insisted on calling the SNP the wrong name and has been warned about the issue by the Speaker before.

Last month, Blackford asked the speaker: "Can you point out to the Prime Minister that the name of my party is the Scottish National Party?"

Lindsay Hoyle replied: "In fairness I have pointed it out in the past. It is the Scottish National Party, Prime Minister."

Johnson then said: "I wish the right honourable gentleman to know that I am using the word nationalist with a small N and I don't think that he would disagree with that which is semantically justifiable under the circumstances."

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