Latest lockdown party bombshell piles pressure on Boris Johnson

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With speculation already that members of parliament from Boris Johnson’s own party may soon force him out, Daily Telegraph (his former employer) added on Thursday to the drip, drip of doom over anti-lockdown parties in Downing Street.

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Running news: Last April the night before Prince Philip’s funeral – at which Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sat alone due to social distancing rules – Downing Street staff gathered at two parties for departing aides.

  • The rules of the time stated that Britons were not allowed to socialize indoors except for members of their own household.
  • But some of the people who helped write those rules, according to the Telegraph, danced and drank until after midnight. Johnson did not attend.

state of play: Johnson apologized Wednesday for attending a separate BYOB party during the strict lockdown in May 2020 (more precisely, he apologized for the impact it caused but said he believed it was a “Work Program”).

  • Johnson asked members to reserve judgment until senior civil servant Sue Gray completes her investigation into alleged lockdown violations on Downing Street.
  • At least five Conservative lawmakers have already called for Johnson to step down. If 54 members express a lack of confidence in Johnson in writing, this would trigger a leadership election.
  • UK media coverage is replete with accounts of people who missed funerals or could not visit their loved ones in hospital while Johnson’s staff gathered for social events. 6% of the public thinks According to YouGov, Johnson is honest.
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what to watch: If a leadership contest breaks out (no sure thing), the early favorites to become the party’s leader and prime minister will be Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

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