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‘Boris Johnson is toast’: Tory fury grows over Partygate as a DOZEN MPs subject public criticism of PM

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Tory backlash was rising in the direction of Boris Johnson over Partygate final night time as a dozen MPs issued public criticism of the Prime Minister and slammed Downing Avenue ‘prats’.

Tory MP Nigel Mills, who backed Johnson in the course of the Tory management contest, expressed his confusion over how ‘so many silly issues may have occurred’.

And Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough since 2005, mentioned anybody who partied in No10 on the eve of Prince Philip‘s funeral ‘must be sacked’.

Lee Anderson, a brand new Crimson Wall MP for Ashfield, even created a ballot on Facebook asking voters if Johnson ought to keep as Prime Minister.

Amid the get together’s inner fallout, one ex-minister warned that Johnson is ‘toast’, whereas one other mentioned the disaster now feels ‘terminal’.

One senior backbencher revealed that they had acquired greater than 200 offended emails from infuriated constituents over the events, alongside solely 5 supporting the PM.

It follows 5 Tory MPs calling for the embattled premier to step down over his dealing with of the lockdown get together scandal.

Andrew Bridgen submitted a letter of no-confidence in Johnson, becoming a member of Douglas Ross, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg and Caroline Nokes in urging him to stop.

It’s understood that as much as 30 letters of no-confidence have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs. If greater than 15 per cent of the get together’s MPs submit letters, there needs to be a vote on the management.

The rising Tory backlash over Johnson’s dealing with of the Partygate scandal comes as:

  • Mr Johnson’s private scores have slumped to an all-time low of minus 52 in keeping with YouGov, with 20 per cent viewing him favourably and 72 per cent unfavourably;
  • There are claims the investigation by high civil servant Sue Grey will discover no proof of prison behaviour, regardless of the rising proof about steering being flouted; 
  • The Metropolitan Police has made clear it’s unlikely to launch a probe except the Cupboard Workplace flags potential incidents the place offences may need been dedicated;
  • Speaker Lindsay Hoyle has warned it will be ‘fully inappropriate and discourteous’ if the outcomes of Ms Grey’s inquiry leak earlier than being introduced to the Commons; 
  • The Conservative affiliation in ultra-safe Sutton Coldfield has voted to withdraw its help for the PM, saying that the ‘tradition begins on the high’.
Tory backlash was growing towards Boris Johnson (pictured on January 12) over Partygate last night as a dozen MPs issued public criticism of the Prime Minister. It follows five Tory MPs calling for the embattled premier to step down

Tory backlash was growing towards Boris Johnson (pictured on January 12) over Partygate last night as a dozen MPs issued public criticism of the Prime Minister. It follows five Tory MPs calling for the embattled premier to step down

Tory backlash was rising in the direction of Boris Johnson (pictured on January 12) over Partygate final night time as a dozen MPs issued public criticism of the Prime Minister. It follows 5 Tory MPs calling for the embattled premier to step down

Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough since 2005, said anyone who partied in No10 on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral 'needs to be sacked'

Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough since 2005, said anyone who partied in No10 on the eve of Prince Philip's funeral 'needs to be sacked'

Peter Bone, the MP for Wellingborough since 2005, mentioned anybody who partied in No10 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral ‘must be sacked’

Tory MP Nigel Mills, who backed Johnson during the Tory leadership contest, expressed his confusion over how 'so many stupid things could have happened'.

Tory MP Nigel Mills, who backed Johnson during the Tory leadership contest, expressed his confusion over how 'so many stupid things could have happened'.

Tory MP Nigel Mills, who backed Johnson in the course of the Tory management contest, expressed his confusion over how ‘so many silly issues may have occurred’.

Nigel Mills, MP for Amber Valley, instructed The Times: ‘These folks are supposed to be the brightest and the most effective working the nation. It’s arduous to conceive how so many silly issues may have occurred.’

Peter Bone, MP for Wellingborough, mentioned: ‘If there have been folks in Downing Avenue previous to the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral partying, effectively they’re prats and must be sacked.’

Julian Knight, MP for Solihull, mentioned he’s ‘very open minded’ concerning the concept of Johnson resigning.

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, added: ‘I say to the prime minister, “Lead, or get out of the way in which and step apart”.’ 

Danny Kruger, Mr Johnson’s former political secretary turned MP for Devizes, accused the PM of a ‘callous disregard for the non-public sacrifices that households had been making’.

Former cupboard member Karen Bradley mentioned she shares the outrage together with her dismayed constituents concerning the revelations. 

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, added: 'I say to the prime minister, "Lead, or get out of the way and step aside"'

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, added: 'I say to the prime minister, "Lead, or get out of the way and step aside"'

Tobias Ellwood, MP for Bournemouth East, added: ‘I say to the prime minister, “Lead, or get out of the way in which and step apart”‘

Julian Knight, Conservative MP for Solihull since 2015, said he is 'very open minded' about the idea of Johnson resigning

Julian Knight, Conservative MP for Solihull since 2015, said he is 'very open minded' about the idea of Johnson resigning

Julian Knight, Conservative MP for Solihull since 2015, mentioned he’s ‘very open minded’ concerning the concept of Johnson resigning

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen submitted a letter of no-confidence in Johnson, joining Douglas Ross, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg and Caroline Nokes in urging him to quit

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen submitted a letter of no-confidence in Johnson, joining Douglas Ross, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg and Caroline Nokes in urging him to quit

Brexiteer Andrew Bridgen submitted a letter of no-confidence in Johnson, becoming a member of Douglas Ross, Sir Roger Gale, William Wragg and Caroline Nokes in urging him to stop

Downing Avenue’s pandemic events 

Might 15, 2020: THE GARDEN PARTY 

 A leaked photograph confirmed Boris and Carrie Johnson with 17 senior Downing Avenue workers, sitting round cheese and wine. This passed off in the course of the first Covid lockdown at a time when solely two folks from completely different households may combine outside, socially distanced

Might 20, 2020: BYOB BASH

  A bombshell electronic mail from Mr Johnson’s principal personal secretary, Martin Reynolds, invited greater than 100 workers to No10’s lavish gardens on Might 20 to ‘take advantage of the beautiful climate’. He instructed friends to deliver their very own alcohol

November 13, 2020: LEE CAIN’S LEAVING DO 

The PM allegedly made a leaving speech for his director of communications Lee Cain with numerous folks gathered. The get together is believed to have carried on upstairs that night after Dominic Cummings unceremoniously walked out of Downing Avenue carrying a cardboard field.  

November 27, 2020: CLEO WATSON’S LEAVING DO 

Mr Johnson reportedly provides a speech at a packed leaving do for a ‘senior aide’. ’40 or 50 folks’ had been current. The aide was named as one newspaper as Cleo Watson, Dominic Cummings’ protégé.  

December 15, 2020: CHRISTMAS QUIZ

Photos obtained by the Sunday Mirror present Mr Johnson on a TV display flanked by colleagues, one draped in tinsel and one other carrying a Santa hat, within the No10 library. A supply claimed many workers had been huddled by computer systems of their Downing Avenue places of work, conferring on questions and consuming alcohol whereas the quiz was happening. The Mirror mentioned a message despatched by No10’s head of HR on the night time of the quiz suggested that those that had stayed behind to participate ‘exit the again’ after they left. The paper additionally unearthed the staff names used that night time, together with ‘Professor Quiz Whitty’, ‘Rebels with no Claus’, and ‘Arms, Face, First Place’.  

December 17, 2020: Cupboard Secretary Simon Case, charged with probing Partygate, hosted a celebration after sending an electronic mail out to round 15 folks in his Non-public Workplace titled ‘Christmas Quiz’.

December 18, 2020: ANOTHER CHRISTMAS PARTY Downing Avenue staffers allegedly maintain their very own festive get together, with the PM not in attendance. Group dimension can be given as 40 to 50. 

April 16, 2021: JAMES SLACK’S LEAVING DO 

Advisers and civil servants drank alcohol and danced in No10’s basement and gardens to mark the departure of Boris Johnson’s press chief James Slack and one of many Prime Minister’s private photographers. Witnesses claimed 30 folks attended the 2 gatherings, which had been held in several elements of the Downing Avenue complicated earlier than combining within the backyard, on the night time earlier than Prince Philip’s funeral.

Might 26, 2021: A second, formal leaving occasion is held for James Slack inside No 10. Greater than a dozen allegedly attended.  

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In the meantime, one MP instructed the BBC: ‘Many colleagues now imagine Boris will not be chief at subsequent common election… for many people this feels terminal.’

And a former minister added: ‘Johnson is toast… when you had been the chief whip him you’d say he isn’t match to do another jobs in authorities, you would not make him a junior minister, he would not work arduous sufficient.’

A Midlands Tory MP merely mentioned: ‘The inbox is dangerous, actually dangerous.’ 

The feedback come amid claims that Downing Street held ‘wine-time Fridays’ each week all through the pandemic which Johnson attended.

Employees even invested in a £142 drinks fridge to maintain their beer, prosecco and wine chilly, with the PM urging aides to ‘let off steam’ at a time when Britons had been banned from socialising indoors, sources instructed The Mirror.

Workers additionally took turns to top off on drinks on the native Tesco Metro with a wheely suitcase to refill the 34-bottle fridge which was delivered via the again door of Downing Avenue on December 11, 2020, extraordinary footage have revealed.

On the time, households weren’t allowed to combine indoors or in most out of doors locations with exemptions for folks in help bubbles, and a most of six folks had been allowed to fulfill in some out of doors public areas like parks and public gardens. 

Regardless of the tough guidelines, Downing Avenue scheduled ‘wine-time Fridays’ into the digital calendars of fifty No 10 workers each week between 4pm and 7pm.

The tip-of-week drinks are a part of a long-standing custom in authorities however they reportedly continued whereas the remainder of the nation had been largely confined to their houses.

They had been organised by the No 10 press workplace however advisors from different departments would usually take part, it has been claimed.

It’s simply the newest in a collection of damning revelations concerning the alleged tradition of consuming and partying all through the pandemic at Downing Avenue amid rising requires Johnson to resign, some from inside his personal get together.

It was revealed on Thursday {that a} leaving do was held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, prompting Johnson to order No 10 to apologise to the Queen.

Sue Grey, the senior civil servant investigating the litany of claims, is claimed to have been ‘fully blindsided’ by the newest revelations, The Times reported. 

In the meantime cupboard ministers who publicly backed their chief this week mentioned it’s changing into more and more troublesome to justify their help, with one saying: ‘That is the final probability saloon. Extra revelations of events, and a pummelling on the native elections, and the get together will stand up.’ 

A dozen Tory MPs have now criticised the prime minister publicly, whereas one other in a pink wall constituency ran a Fb ballot asking if he ought to go and a senior get together activist mentioned he wished to ‘by no means hear of him once more’.

Regardless, it seems voters have made up their minds, with seven out of ten believing Mr Johnson has not been telling the reality about his involvement within the BYOB backyard get together whereas 63 per cent mentioned he ought to resign, a poll has revealed.

Eight in ten additionally imagine the occasion was unlawful in keeping with the PM’s personal Covid laws. 

Kate Josephs, who was a director common within the unit that coordinated the federal government Covid response and is now chief govt at Sheffield Metropolis Council, mentioned she was ‘actually sorry’ for a gathering held within the Cupboard Workplace to mark her leaving the civil service on December 17, 2020.

Downing Street staff allegedly boozed ‘excessively’ at two leaving parties the night before the Queen was forced to grieve alone her own at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Covid-secure funeral last year

Downing Street staff allegedly boozed ‘excessively’ at two leaving parties the night before the Queen was forced to grieve alone her own at the Duke of Edinburgh’s Covid-secure funeral last year

Downing Avenue workers allegedly boozed ‘excessively’ at two leaving events the night time earlier than the Queen was pressured to grieve alone her personal on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Covid-secure funeral final yr

It is understood that up to 30 letters of no-confidence have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs. Pictured: an image of an alleged lockdown-busting party in No10 on May 15, 2020

It is understood that up to 30 letters of no-confidence have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs. Pictured: an image of an alleged lockdown-busting party in No10 on May 15, 2020

It’s understood that as much as 30 letters of no-confidence have been submitted to Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory MPs. Pictured: a picture of an alleged lockdown-busting get together in No10 on Might 15, 2020

A YouGov poll for the Times has laid bare the scale of the damage being suffered by the government, showing the Tories slumping five points to just 28 per cent in less than a week

A YouGov poll for the Times has laid bare the scale of the damage being suffered by the government, showing the Tories slumping five points to just 28 per cent in less than a week

A YouGov ballot for the Instances has laid naked the size of the harm being suffered by the federal government, displaying the Tories slumping 5 factors to simply 28 per cent in lower than per week

Ms Josephs mentioned she and colleagues who had been working assembled for drinks within the night. Dozens of workers are reported to have attended – regardless that London was in Tier 3 lockdown on the time and the principles prohibited households socialising indoors.

Earlier, the PM’s spokesman admitted an apology had been made to Buckingham Palace over ‘regrettable’ behaviour in Downing Avenue on April 16 final yr – when two different leaving dos passed off, together with for departing director of communications James Slack. The lockdown guidelines at that time banned indoor social mixing. 

Nonetheless, it’s understood an official made the grovelling name, and aides refused to say whether or not Mr Johnson – who was not on the booze-fuelled occasion – will probably be chatting with the monarch personally concerning the subject. 

All three leaving occasions have now been referred to Sue Grey’s investigation, which isn’t anticipated to report earlier than the top of subsequent week. 

In your method to No10, Rishi? Chancellor Sunak breaks cowl after lukewarm backing for Boris Johnson over Partygate as bookmakers make him favorite to succeed him as Prime Minister 

Rishi in Downing Street

Rishi in Downing Street

Rishi in Downing Street

Rishi in Downing Street

Rishi Sunak broke cowl in Downing Avenue at this time, hours after giving his boss Boris Johnson solely lukewarm help within the wake of his partygate humiliation.

Rishi Sunak broke cowl in Downing Avenue at this time, hours after giving his boss Boris Johnson solely lukewarm help within the wake of his partygate humiliation.

The Chancellor was greater than 200 miles rom Westminster because the Prime Minister apologised for attending a drinks occasion in his again backyard whereas they had been banned in Might 2020.

And whereas different ministers went public with their help for the PM after his 3pm Commons look, the bookies favorite to succeed him left it till after 8pm to supply any type of endorsement. 

Greater than 20 ministers together with Well being Secretary Sajid Javid, Residence Secretary Priti Patel, International Secretary Liz Truss and Communities Secretary Michael Gove had been despatched to the airwaves and social media to publicly help the PM after his assertion to the Commons didn’t quell anger amongst Tory backbenchers.  

However the Chancellor spent the day in Ilfracombe, north Devon, earlier than taking to Twitter late on Wednesday to say that Mr Johnson was ‘proper to apologise’ over the lockdown get together scandal and name for ‘endurance’ whereas Whitehall ethics chief Sue Grey performed an inquiry into the affair.

Mr Johnson instructed the Commons he thought the bring-your-own-booze get together within the No 10 backyard in Might 2020 was a ‘work occasion’. 

Mr Sunak’s feedback had been in distinction to these posted by International Secretary Liz Truss, one other minister mentioned to have eyes on the highest job, though she took longer than different ministers to row in behind the PM.

She wrote: ‘The PM is delivering for Britain – from Brexit to the booster programme to financial development. I stand behind the Prime Minister 100 per cent as he takes our nation ahead.’

One Cupboard minister at this time instructed the Instances the 2 had been engaged in ‘apparent sport enjoying’, including: ‘Rishi and Liz have overplayed their arms. They’ve misplaced the subtlety plot.’

Ladbrokes at this time lower their odds on Mr Sunak changing into the following PM to 7/4 favorite, with Liz Truss at 4/1.

Mr Sunak raised eyebrows yesterday by persevering with with an engagement in Devon whereas Mr Johnson endured a bruising session of Prime Minister’s Questions. Miss Truss sat alongside Mr Johnson within the Commons.

One senior Conservative mentioned the Chancellor had ‘performed himself a whole lot of harm’ by making an attempt to distance himself from the row whereas others pitched in to assist. However different MPs stepped up stress on the PM after he admitted spending 25 minutes at a boozy workers get together within the No10 backyard on Might 20, 2020.

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Source: Each day Mail

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