A Conservative councillor has called for Boris Johnson to resign as Prime Minister over the 'partygate' scandal.

Anthony Spencer, who is a ward councillor in Shenley at Hertsmere Borough Council, says Mr Johnson must be held "accountable" for what happens in Downing Street.

Number 10 has been rocked in recent weeks over reports and allegations Mr Johnson, his staff, and civil servants broke Covid restrictions during lockdowns.

The Prime Minister has so far refused to bow down to calls from both members of his own party and the opposition to stand down. Instead, he has said for people to wait for senior civil servant Sue Gray to publish her report into the partygate investigation.

But Cllr Spencer is under no illusion of what he thinks Mr Johnson should do.

He told the Times: "I don't support anybody who breaks the rules. While the rest of us were locked up for months, Downing Street was having garden parties. I didn't have any parties.

"I'm angered and upset by the reports. I believe he (Mr Johnson) should be held accountable for parties that he may or may not have been involved in, if they occurred in Downing Street."

Cllr Spencer said the two parties that are said to have taken place on April 16 2021 on the eve of the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral are "totally unacceptable".

Downing Streets says an apology has been extended to Buckingham Palace, with the Queen forced to sit alone during the funeral service for her husband.

Cllr Spencer: "This is the most disappointed I have been in a Prime Minister. He has asked for forgiveness but I would expect better. I don't think Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron, or John Major would have done anything like this.

"This is not helping our own party's reputation and I think the PM should go. I don't think he should just be forgiven. He wasn't my choice anyway (to become leader). I think Jeremy Hunt would have been better."

The councillor, who has represented residents in Shenley since 2015, stopped short of saying he would resign from the Conservative party but said as members "we are having a stain cast upon us".

He said: "I'm not resigning or defecting over this. I'm staying in the party."

The Prime Minister has admitted attending a "bring your your own booze" garden party in Downing Street in May 2020 for 25 minutes but said he believed he was at a work event.

There have also been allegations of a party at Mr Johnson's flat in November 2020, a quiz the following month which Mr Johnson says he was at "briefly" and and Christmas party at Downing Street the later in the month which the Prime Minister is not believed to have been at.