独占: 68% dismiss prime minister’s Commons apology as bogus, survey for The Independent finds
Voters are deserting ボリス・ジョンソン over the scandal of No 10 パーティー, と 70 per cent calling for him to quit and almost as many dismissing his Commons apology as bogus, an exclusive survey for 独立者 明らかに.
代わりに, an apology was delivered by a member of staff in a telephone call – as Mr Johnson remained in his Downing Street flat, despite the extraordinary new evidence of COVID rule-busting.
The leader of a grassroots Tory group told 独立者 that the party’s MPs must now find the stomach to force out “the worst prime minister of my lifetime”.
John Strafford, chair of the Campaign for Conservative Democracy, called the partying as the Queen prepared to mourn “disgraceful”, 追加する: “It is down to the arrogance of the prime minister that these things happen.”
調査, by Savanta, みつけた 70 per cent of voters want Mr Johnson to resign – a record high figure – with just 21 per cent backing him to stay in power.
Just as worryingly for the embattled leader, 68 per cent did not consider his apology – in which he claimed he did not realise a “bring your own booze” gathering in his garden was a party – to be genuine.
A clear majority of respondents said the “cover-up” of the parties was worse than the staging of the lockdown-busting events, 沿って 56 パーセントから 32 パーセント.
いくつか 63 per cent said they did not trust Sue Gray’s inquiry to uncover whether rules were broken – as experts point out that her remit is simply to set out the facts, not reach a verdict.
まだ another party was uncovered, prompting the former head of the government unit drawing up Covid rules to apologise for a Cabinet Office leaving drinks during 2020’s Christmas lockdown.
The crisis was reignited with the revelation that two leaving events were held on 16 April – the day before Prince Philip’s funeral – for the prime minister’s communications chief and for his personal photographer.
The second party involved loud music, a DJ and a staff member sent to the Co-op store on the Strand to fill a suitcase with bottles of wine, デイリーテレグラフ 報告.
Drinking carried on in the No 10 garden into the early hours of the morning, witnesses said – and one person broke a swing belonging to Johnson’s infant son, Wilfred.
James Slack, the former head of communications, apologised for his leaving do, 認める: “This event should not have happened at the time that it did.”
In its response, Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: “It is deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologised to the Palace.”
But he refused to say if the prime minister knew about the events – and it was unclear exactly what No 10 had said sorry for, as it refused to say what was meant by “this” and if they were “social events”.
エド・デービー, the Liberal Democrat leader, 前記: “Boris Johnson should apologise personally to the Queen for the offence he’s caused her and millions around the country mourning for loved ones.”
And Labour leader キールスターマー 前記: “This shows just how seriously Boris Johnson has degraded the office of prime minister. The Conservatives have let Britain down.”
Mr Johnson’s spokesman said he was at his country residence Chequers オン 16 April last year and had not been invited to the events.
だが, in evidence of a growing grassroots revolt, Mr Strafford said: “The MPs need to act to get rid of him. ザ・ 1922 委員会 should have a vote of confidence and say ‘out you go’.”
Andrea Thorpe, chairman of Maidstone and The Weald Conservative Association, attacked “one calamity too many”, 言って: “People have just now had enough. They feel let down.”
The Sutton Coldfield Conservative Association unanimously passed a motion calling on the prime minister to stand down. A Tory has won the constituency in every election since its creation in 1945.
Tory MPs have said they want to “wait for Sue Gray”, with the investigation by the senior civil servant expected to conclude as early as the end of next week.
They will come under fiercer pressure from constituents to push the number of letters submitted to the 1922 Committee past the threshold of 54 needed to trigger a no-confidence vote.
だが リズ・トラス, 外務大臣, asked about Mr Johnson’s position, 前記: “He has apologised, I think we now need to move on and talk about how we are going to sort out issues.”