Local MPs have ducked saying whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson should resign after he attended lockdown-busting social drinks.

He admitted attending the "bring your own booze" gathering in Downing Street's garden on May 20, 2020, but said he believed it was a "work event" and he was not sent an email encouraging staff to bring a bottle and “make the most of the lovely weather”.

Despite a huge backlash Mr Johnson's press secretary insisted he was not a liar and “he is not resigning”.

The Watford Observer approached local MPs – Dean Russell, Oliver Dowden, Gagan Mohindra and Sir Mike Penning – over the initial news before Mr Johnson’s apology.

Dean Russell is the only MP so far to respond - with a brief comment

They were asked how they felt over the reports of a gathering, whether it was wrong for Mr Johnson to have attended, and whether they back some calls for his resignation – and were then pressed with further questions following the apology.

At the time of publishing, just Mr Russell responded with a brief comment.

Watford’s MP said: “I entirely understand why people are angry and disappointed that this event took place.

Dean Russell is the only MP so far to respond - with a brief comment

“The Prime Minister has quite rightly apologised unreservedly, and I hope to read Sue Gray’s report in full in the near future.”

Mr Dowden, Mr Mohindra and Sir Mike have not responded and are yet to publicly comment on the situation.