Covid UK: Polls show half of Britons want Boris Johnson to resign

The Prime Minister insists no Covid rules have been broken – but he failed to convince many (Image: Getty)

Boris Johnson was under increasing pressure to step down on Wednesday night amid a snowballing scandal over Christmas parties at Downing Street last winter.

More than half of the public and a third of Conservative voters want the Prime Minister to step down, new polls also reveal that people don’t believe his denials.

The anger grew more and more after ITV released a leaked video showing Number 10 aides joking about the jubilee festival, which they later denied ever took place.

Mr Johnson is alleged to have spoken at one of the meetings, which he claims was unbeknownst to him, even though they took place at his own home.

Now a poll from Savanta Comres shows that 54% of the public say he should resign and 76% believe he should apologize repeatedly.

About 30% believe he’s still going as PM and 15% that he shouldn’t say sorry, the rest are undecided.

Mr Johnson had said earlier: ‘I sincerely apologize for the offense it (the video) has caused on the whole country and I apologize for the impression it has given.’

But public distrust of Mr Johnson – whose relationship to the truth has been questioned throughout his career – has also been exposed in another damaging poll.

According to an opinion survey for Sky News, less than 1 in 10 people believe No 10’s claim that no parties took place in Downing Street last December during the lockdown – with the other alleged parties in November not even being reference.

Early this morning, Allegra Stratton – former press secretary laughed in the leaked video – resigned in tears.

But Mr Johnson refused to resign as told by SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

He said: ‘I will continue the work.’

Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer has called on Mr Johnson to apologize, while Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged him to ‘clean up’.

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But attacks have also come from his side, with Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross saying Mr Johnson should not continue as Prime Minister if he is found to have misled Parliament about an accused party. forced in Downing Street last year.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Ross said it was undeniable that ‘some sort of party’ took place last December.

The Prime Minister has been under pressure over the matter over the past week, but he told the Commons on Wednesday he was assured there was no partying – although he had ordered the Cabinet Secretary to investigate the matter. .

Mr Ross said of Mr Johnson: ‘If he knew there was a party, if he knew it was going on, he couldn’t go to the House of Commons and say there was no party.

‘That would be a very serious allegation if that were the outcome of the investigation, and we must see the outcome of the investigation before speculating on that.

‘But anyone who says that there is no party, but knows about it and says that there is no party in Parliament, has deceived Parliament.

‘It’s a serious allegation and you can’t continue in the highest office in the land if you’ve done that.’

Mr Ross said there were ‘serious questions’ that needed to be answered following the allegations.

He added: ‘The guidance is very clear, with no ambiguity – it says no Christmas lunches, no Christmas parties – which is what everyone in Downing Street is telling the public to follow. , but it seems the people in that building didn’t do it to us.’

Despite saying earlier on Wednesday that he had confidence in the Prime Minister and still had confidence in him, the Scottish Tory leader acknowledged the episode had undermined the Conservative Party.

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Mr Ross is just one of a number of senior Tories to criticize Mr Johnson’s handling of the matter, with former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson calling it ‘pathetic’.

Elsewhere, some punters have bet that Mr Johnson will likely step down this year.

But Peter Watton, a spokesman for OddsMonkey, said: ‘With the recent scandalous revelation that a Christmas party was being held at No 10 during last year’s coronavirus restrictions, many are calling out Boris Johnson resignation. However, the latest odds suggest Boris is still predicted to stay until 2024, suggesting he may have avoided another scandal unscathed.

‘It is clear from the Google Trends data that the public is outraged and follows the story very closely.’

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