Boris Johnson live: Prime Minister must resign if slammed by Partygate report, voters say

Boris Johnson is accused of lying to MPs about pictures showing him leaving work

Two-thirds (66%) of voters think Boris Johnson should resign if he is criticized in Sue Gray’s account of the Partygate scandal that rocked Westminster.

The results in an exclusive Savanta poll for The Independent also show that more than a quarter of those who supported the Tories in 2019 said they would be less likely to do so again if Mr Johnson stayed at the helm.

The poll comes on the same day that Downing Street insiders described chaotic mid-lockdown parties dubbed “Wine-Time Fridays” with bins overflowing with empty alcohol bottles, leaving No10 a “mess”. would.

Speaking to the BBC Panorama, three people described gatherings they believed were condoned by the Prime Minister as he “got a glass for himself”.

Current and former employees said the culture was set by Mr Johnson himself, claiming he “wanted to be liked” and so employees could “let their hair down”.

The damaging details follow the release of a leaked photo showing Mr Johnson raising a glass at a drinks event for his former spin doctor at the height of England’s second lockdown.

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Government ‘plans unexpected taxes on energy companies to ease cost-of-living crisis’

The Treasury is understood to be finalizing plans for a new windfall tax on energy companies that would serve to help those struggling with the cost of living crisis.

Boris Johnson is reportedly poised to announce a multi-billion dollar package of measures to ease some of the strains facing households across the country hit by rising energy and food costs.

Tom Batchelor has more details:

Stuti MishraMay 25, 2022 5:15 am

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Exclusive: No. 10 prepares top official to resign over Partygate report

Downing Street has prepared a response pending the resignation of top civil servant Simon Case over Sue Gray’s report to Partygate.

The planning document seen by The Independent, comes despite the findings from Ms Gray’s report on lockdown busting parties in Whitehall and Westminster, which have not yet been released. The results are also said not to have been shared with No. 10 at this point.

The drafted letter mentions Mr Case’s contributions during the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine. It is also noted that he took over the role from Sir Mark Sedwill in September 2020 when the country was in the midst of Covid, its biggest challenge since the Second World War.

Stuti MishraMay 25, 2022 4:50 am

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Politics Explained: What are the rules for lying to Parliament?

The Ministerial Code states that “ministers who knowingly mislead Parliament shall be expected to offer their resignation to the Prime Minister.” If they are the Prime Minister, the implication must be that they offer their resignation to the Queen – who, because they does not get involved in politics would have to accept him.

But who decides whether Boris Johnson has broken this long-standing constitutional convention? In the end, it was a crude policy decision that the House of Commons made as a whole, writes John Rentul.

Stuti MishraMay 25, 2022 4:27 am

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Former cabinet minister calls on government to pause over Troubles amnesty plans

A former Foreign Secretary for Northern Ireland has called on his own government to “take a break” over controversial plans to create an effective amnesty for terrorists.

Julian Smith also said he was “deeply uncomfortable” with the idea of ​​voting in favor of the proposed legislation, although he said he conceded there was no easy way forward.

Ministers believe the plans, first unveiled in the Queen’s speech earlier this month, will allow them to deliver on their promise to protect ex-soldiers from possible prosecution.

Joe MiddletonMay 25, 2022 03:00

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Two-thirds of voters want Johnson to go if report hits him over Partygate

Two-thirds (66 percent) of voters believe Boris Johnson should resign if he is heavily criticized in Sue Gray’s report on the Partygate scandal, which could be released as early as Wednesday.

And in results that will worry Conservative MPs worried about retaining their seats in the next general election, more than a quarter (26 per cent) of those who supported the Tories in 2019 said they were less likely to do so again would if Mr Johnson remains as leader.

The figures are little reduced from the height of the Partygate excitement in January and suggest Mr Johnson has received little credit from voters for escaping the Metropolitan Police investigation with just a £50 fine.

Joe MiddletonMay 25, 2022 02:30

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It’s the anniversary of Section 28, so what’s changed for LGBT+ people in the UK?

In 2015, the UK was ranked the best country in Europe for LGBT+ rights – it now sits 14th, writes Harry reading head.

Joe MiddletonMay 25, 2022 02:00

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The Tory MP slams his colleagues for defending the ‘unjustifiable’ Boris Johnson

The Tory MP slams his colleagues for defending the ‘unjustifiable’ Boris Johnson

Joe MiddletonMay 25, 2022 1:30 am

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No10 plans help with the energy bill to divert Partygate’s wrath

No 10 stands ready to unveil measures to ease cost of living crisis to offset public anger over Sue Gray Partygate report.

The communications grid – the planning document used by government advisers – includes an extension of the warm house discount.

An announcement of the measure, which could come later this week, is likely to be worth hundreds of pounds to some households.

Anna Isaac and Andrew Woodcock Report.

Joe MiddletonMay 25, 2022 01:00

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Trump’s ‘hostility’ hampered attempts to secure Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release, says ex-Secretary of State

Efforts to secure Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s freedom from detention in Iran have been complicated by “hostility” from Donald Trump’s administration, former Secretary of State Philip Hammond has said.

Testifying to the Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committee, Lord Hammond said President Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House was key to the deal that led to the release of the dual British-Iranian citizen earlier this year.

He also revealed how, as Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was unable to authorize the payment of a historic £400m debt to Iran that eventually secured the deal because strict legal criteria had not been met.

Joe MiddletonMay 25, 2022 12:30 am

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ICYMI: Polish PM warns ‘only Putin will be happy’ with UK-EU dispute over Northern Ireland Protocol

Polish Prime Minister warns ‘only Putin will be happy’ with UK-EU dispute over Northern Ireland Protocol

Joe MiddletonMay 24, 2022 23:59

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