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‘What we have lost is far greater than anything that can be done to Boris Johnson’

Written by on January 14, 2022

The grieving partner of a Lancashire man who passed away a year ago today (January 14, 2021) has said she is ‘sickened’ by the latest allegations of a Downing Street garden party on May 20, 2020, at the height of the lockdown.

Elizabeth Garnett, 53, of Barton, was only allowed to see her partner, Peter Sproson, for an hour a day after he went into a nursing home in March 2020, following a terminal diagnosis in February 2020.

Peter, who was 75, had been admitted to Royal Preston Hospital in December 2019, suffering with multiple bleeds on the brain due to Parkinson’s disease, and was subsequently discharged to Cornmill Nursing Home in Garstang just before the first lockdown.

His devastated partner of 33 years, Elizabeth, said the former car dealer had been placed on end-of-life care through all lockdowns, and said she had to wear a mask when visiting him for an hour a day.

She said that although staff at the nursing home and at Royal Preston Hospital were ‘absolutely fantastic’ throughout, strict rules meant she was restricted to seeing Peter for just one hour a day, apart from on Christmas Day in 2020, when she got to spend a few hours with him.

The loving grandfather and father only got to see his daughter, Nicola, a few times, and she was not allowed to see him at one point during the third lockdown, while his granddaughter Charlotte, never saw him again.

Fighting back tears, Elizabeth told LancsLive: “I was allowed an hour a day with him; this was very upsetting. He didn’t understand what was going on outside and he wasn’t allowed to leave his room because of restrictions.

“I understand that – but it’s just a shame that the people that were making those rules did not follow them.

“He just keeping asking when he was going home, and I just kept explaining that it was not safe for him to go home because there was a bad virus.

“Throughout the lockdowns, it was me with a mask on; I could not smile at him and couldn’t take him out of his room – he had to stay in that room.”

After Peter’s death, only ‘a very strict’ 15 attendees were allowed to his funeral.

“It was a very strict 15 people at his funeral, and I was not allowed a wake; it was literally the funeral and that was it.”

Fighting back tears, Elizabeth said nothing would put the clock back, but that she believed the prime minister should resign.

She said: “I can never do anything to rectify that. I struggle to even describe how I am feeling about It. There were so many people that could not go to his funeral, and I wasn’t allowed to mix, before or after. I had to deal with everything on my own.

“There’s nothing I can do now to make for what we have lost.”

She said she was ‘sickened’ by the alleged Downing Street Garden garden party on May 20, while she was only allowed to see her dying partner for an hour a day and thought the prime minister should resign.

She added: “It’s time for Boris to go. The whole thing sickens me. He needs to resign. How anyone can have any confidence in him after all of this – it’s one thing after another. We are just waiting for the next thing that they find out.

“It doesn’t matter what he says or does; none of us can get that time back. No matter what he does, or any action taken against him, what we have lost is far greater than anything that can be done to him.”

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