Public won’t accept PM’s claims over party scandal, as Tory MPs demand he QUIT

THE PUBLIC “won’t accept”Boris Johnson claimed that he believed the Downing Street garden party to be a sham. “work event”Despite growing calls for the PM’s resignation.

Paul Givan, the First Minister of Northern Ireland, said that the controversy surrounding this issue was a result of his involvement in the Northern Ireland First Ministry. Prime MinisterThis was hindering efforts to transmit public health messages to Northern Ireland.

“I don’t think the public accepted that justification, if it was an attempt to justify that this wasn’t a party and that it was work-related,”He stated.

“Boris Johnson has to convince not only the general public but also his party. They will decide the future direction of the Prime Minister. Either he will make the final decision on his future or it will be the Conservative Party.

“And this report, I think, is going to be very important, which Sue Gray is responsible for. I think there is an imperative for that work to come to a conclusion so that we can all draw a line under this and ensure that the wider public health messaging is consistent, rather than being distracted by what’s going on at Downing Street.”

This news comes as Boris Johnson apologized to the Commons yesterday for his involvement in the Downing Street lockdown party – however, a number Tory MPs call for him to resign.

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  • Statement by Sir Jonathan Van Tam

    He confirmed his resignation and said that “My time as DCMO were the most challenging of all my professional careers, especially the Covid response.”

    “We all wish Covid had never happened. Notwithstanding, it has been the greatest privilege of my professional career to have served the people of the UK during this time.”

  • Mr Sunak breaks silence

    Ten hours of silence had passed, sparking rumours that Mr Sunak could be making a leadership change. The Chancellor tweeted last evening: “The PM was right to apologise and I support his request for patience while Sue Gray carries out her enquiry.”

    At a meeting of 1922 Committee of backbenchers, Michael Gove attempted to calm the troops. It was now “not the time to get flaky”On the “PM that delivered us our massive majority”He said.

    But as the PM’s team were frantically spinning to keep him in office, more MPs were breaking cover to call for his head. William Wragg (Senior Tory) was the vice-chairman for the 1922 Committee. He told BBC Radio 4 that his position is “untenable”.

  • Labour closes 10-point gap

    According to the latest survey, the Conservatives are now at 28% – their lowest predicted vote share ever since the PM won the 2019 election.

    After seven days of intense headlines about the Government’s Covid rule breaking, their support has plummeted five points to this week.

    In contrast the poll predicts Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour would win 38% of the vote if an election were called now.

    This would give him a narrow Commons majority, of four, and the PM would lose his Uxbridge chair. According to the Electoral Calculus model.

    This would also mark the largest advantage the party has had over the Tories in the last 12 months.

  • Boris skips a vaccination centre visit and pooled interview

    After a family member tested positive for Covid, the Prime Minister decided to withdraw from a visit to Burnley’s vaccination center and participate in a TV interview pool.

    No10 claimed Boris would not travel, even though it isn’t necessary.

    His own rules state that those who have been fully jabbed, like the PM, do not need quarantine even if they have a positive test.

    A Downing Street spokesperson said that the Prime Minister would not be visiting Lancashire today because a relative tested positive for coronavirus.

    “He will follow the guidance for vaccinated close contacts, including daily testing and limiting contact with others.”

  • Long week ahead

    Now, Mr Johnson will spend an agonizing weekend waiting for the results of an investigation by Whitehall sleazebuster Sue Gray.

    He spent nearly 48 hours trying not to discuss the leaked invitation that rocked Westminster. He claimed he couldn’t comment while the probe was still ongoing.

  • Leader of the Scottish Conservatives says the PM must go

    Last night the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, said the PM must go, while at least three MPs put in letters demanding a no-confidence vote.

    The Cabinet made a public statement of support but two ministers privately admitted to Central Recorder that their leader might be. “toast”.

  • Boris fighting to remain in No10

    The Prime Minister finally confessed to attending the boozy May 2020 bash in the Downing Street garden at the start of a brutal Commons showdown Wednesday.

    He said he believed the sunshine knees-up was “a work event” and spent 25 minutes there to thank pandemic-weary staff.

    However Mr Johnson remains in deep peril after his own MPs, lawyers and voters savaged his excuses.

    Senior Tory MPs broke cover to demand he quit, as others claimed the PM’s insistence he had not broken the rules made matters worse and “will not wash”The public.

  • Boris’ spokesperson claims that the Cabinet is behind PM

    Official spokesperson for the Prime Minister insisted that Johnson was fully supported by Cabinet.

    The spokesman for Ms Truss said that Mr Sunak had not yet shown their support. “What the Prime Minister wants and expects is the Cabinet to be focused on delivering on the public’s priorities.”

    The spokesman for the Cabinet responded that he believed he had the support of the entire Cabinet. “Yes.”

    However, Mr Johnson was confronted with open rebellion from one wing his party. Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative leader, urged Johnson to quit. Nearly all Tory MSPs supported this call.

  • Many Tories believe Boris will not last long to declare victory over Covid.

    The party’s mood remained dark yesterday, with many predicting that Mr Johnson will not last long enough to declare victory over coronavirus. One senior minister compared him to the bungling former king of bling Gerald Ratner, 72 — who sank his jewellery empire with an ill-fated speech slagging off his own cheap products.

    They said: “It is a bit like when Ratner joked that he could flog a decanter and sherry glasses for £4.95 because they were crap. If this is Boris’ Ratner moment then he is broken.

    “A few announcements won’t save it. If you think it is terminal then you may as well sell up and start again.”

    A senior Tory stated that it was now only a matter of “when”Boris will be kicked from Downing Street. The MP stated: “You can’t have somebody who misleads you.” Boris was bunkered down in No 10 yesterday after cancelling a planned trip to the Red Wall after a family member caught Covid.

    He was watching as his warring factions continued to destroy each other’s futures. It followed the PM’s “heartfelt”We apologized Wednesday for the party during lockdown.

  • Boris ‘must scrap Covid passports and ditch booze culture to save career’

    BORIS Johnson must scrap masks and Covid vaccine passports, ditch the booze culture at No 10 and have a staff clear out to save his career, Cabinet ministers demanded last night.

    The embattled Prime Minister must put Britain back on the road to freedom in two weeks to stand a chance of surviving, they warned.

    Their plan for Boris emerged as civil war broke out among the Conservatives over the Downing Street party scandal — with some calling for Mr Johnson’s head.

    Covid Plan B curbs — including vaccine passports, compulsory masks and work from home orders — are loathed by Tory MPs and due to be reviewed on January 26.

    Yesterday, a Cabinet minister spoke to the Central Recorder: “There’s a very easy way to get back into MPs’ good books, but there will be a fight.”

    They said that the PM would also be needed “stomach”It is hard to look at teachers and medics who insist on mask wearing for the next few months.
    They said that the plan is still in place. “his only ace left to play”.

    Public won't accept PM's claims over party scandal, as Tory MPs demand he QUIT
  • Lib Dem leader accuses Met Police’s ‘turning blindeye’

    Sir Ed Davey, a leader in the Lib Dems accused the Metropolitan Police from turning a blind eye. “blind eye”To alleged rule-breaking by Prime Minister.

    The Met indicated that any investigation of reports of lockdown gatherings in No 10 by detectives would be based on evidence discovered during the Sue Gray inquiry.

    Sir Ed stated: “All evidence is clear that Boris Johnson violated the law.” Cressida must not let Boris Johnson get away with a dirty establishment heist-up.

    “The police don’t need permission from the Government to investigate a crime. And they shouldn’t ignore criminality because Boris Johnson committed it.

    “It’s absurd to think that we can just leave this to Boris Johnson’s civil servant to figure it out.

    “The Met Commissioner might think it’s one rule for Boris Johnson and another rule for everyone else, but that doesn’t make it right. Our city and our country deserve so much better.”

  • Boris fighting to remain in No10

    The Prime Minister finally confessed to attending the boozy May 2020 bash in the Downing Street garden at the start of a brutal Commons showdown Wednesday.

    He said he believed the sunshine knees-up was “a work event” and spent 25 minutes there to thank pandemic-weary staff.

    However Mr Johnson remains in deep peril after his own MPs, lawyers and voters savaged his excuses.

    Senior Tory MPs broke cover to demand he quit, as others claimed the PM’s insistence he had not broken the rules made matters worse and “will not wash”The public.

  • Statement by Jonathan Van-Tam

    Confirming the news of his departure, he said “My time as DCMO have been the most challenging of my professional career, especially the Covid response.

    “We all wish Covid had never happened. Notwithstanding, it has been the greatest privilege of my professional career to have served the people of the UK during this time.”

  • Long week ahead

    Now, Mr Johnson will spend an agonizing weekend waiting for the results of an investigation by Whitehall sleazebuster Sue Gray.

    He spent nearly 48 hours trying not to discuss the leaked invitation that rocked Westminster. He claimed he couldn’t comment while the probe was still ongoing.

  • Met Police will not investigate lockdown parties on Downing Street

    Unless and until Sue Gray’s investigation finds evidence of criminality, the Metropolitan Police will not investigate any Downing Street parties.

    Boris Johnson yesterday apologised in Parliament for attending an event at No10 during lockdown but claimed it was a “work event”.

    Met Police stated in a statement that they do not usually investigate coronavirus violations if they are reported long after the fact.

    “However if significant evidence suggesting a breach of the regulations becomes available, officers may review and consider it.”

    It said, “The Cabinet Office conducts an inquiry into gatherings at Number 10 Downing Street as well as the Department for Education.”

    “The Met has ongoing contact with the Cabinet Office in relation to this inquiry. If the inquiry identifies evidence of behaviour that is potentially a criminal offence it will be passed to the Met for further consideration.”

    According to the Prime Minister, he was in the sun when he arrived at his destination. “thank groups of staff before going back into my office 25 minutes later to continue working. I believed implicitly that this was a work event.”

    Public won't accept PM's claims over party scandal, as Tory MPs demand he QUIT
  • Explained – Who are the 1922 Committee members?

    The 1922 Committee includes 18 executive members that organise weekly meetings as well as other business.

    They have been given the nickname “The Beard” “men in suits”Oder “men in grey suits” in the 1980s after prompting the resignation of Margaret Thatcher.

    Committee Chair Sir Graham Brady resigned in May 2019, but was re-elected in July 2021.

    Here’s a list of current executive members:

    • Sir Graham Brady (Chair)
    • William Wragg, Joint Vice-Chair
    • Nusrat Ghani (Joint Vice-Chair)
    • Bob Blackman (Joint Executive Secretary)
    • Gary Sambrook (Joint executive secretary)
    • Sir Geoffrey Clifton Browne (Treasurer).
    • Sir Bernard Jenkin
    • Karl McCartney
    • Sir Bernard Jenkin
    • Jason McCartney
    • Nicola Richards
    • Sheryll Murray
    • Richard Holden
    • Martin Vickers
  • UK data watchdog orders No.10 staff

    The ICO released a statement saying: “It’s an important principle of transparency and accountability by government that official records be kept of key actions, decisions.

    “Relevant information should be available in the private channels of public authorities and included in information requests.”

    “Erasing, destroying or concealing information within scope of a Freedom of Information request, with the intention of preventing its disclosure is a criminal offence under section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act.”

  • UK data watchdog warns No.10 staff to not delete messages

    Data watchdog in the UK has warned it is vital “official records are kept”Downing Street staff are being investigated over claims of lockdown-breaking.

    According to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), it could be a “criminal offence”To erase communications, messages that take place within, “private correspondence channels of public authorities”.

    This statement is made amid reports that No10 staff were instructed to delete any data that could be incriminating in Sue Gray’s investigation into allegations that Government parties were being held in violation of coronavirus restrictions.

    Ms Gray, an official at the Cabinet Office, is believed to be interviewing Government employees as she tries to discover the truth behind the accusations.

    The Independent claimed it spoke to two No. 10 sources who said that a senior member had told them that it would be a “good idea”Any messages suggesting they were aware or had attended events should be removed “look like a party”.

    According to sources, the paper was told by the “clean-up”After the initial reports of parties at Downing Street, the suggestion was made in early November.

  • Kit Malthouse stands up for PM

    Kit Malthouse (crime and policing minister) said that Boris Johnson had the right to apologize and that people should wait to see the results of Sue Gray’s investigation.

    He stated that he had to apologize and that he supported him.

    “Over the past couple of years, he’s done an exceptional job getting us through the pandemic.

    “He has obviously apologized to the House of Commons, there is an inquiry underway.

    “We have to wait and see what the inquiry says, and then see what he has to say in the House of Commons.”

  • No.10 insists the Cabinet is behind PM despite his calls for quit

    Coronavirus lockdown regulations were “very hard for people to obey”A Cabinet minister stated that Boris Johnson’s attendance at a No10 drinks event, while social gatherings were prohibited, was a sign of allies rallying around him.

    The Prime Minister apologized for not attending the meeting “bring your own booze”Party in Downing Street’s garden during coronavirus lockdown in May 2020. But he insisted it was a work event. “technically”Have complied with all rules.

    After Tory MPs started calling for his resignation, members of the Government asked critics to wait until the results of an official investigation into alleged lockdown busting parties.

    On Thursday, the Prime Minister rescheduled a visit to a vaccination clinic in Lancashire, where he would have been confronted by questions from the media. He was there because a family member had tested positive.

    Sue Gray, a senior civil servant, is looking into a number of parties and gatherings that were held at No 10 and Whitehall in 2020 when coronavirus restrictions were in place.

  • Paul Givan, NI First Minister, says that the public don’t believe PM’s claims

    Paul Givan, Northern Ireland’s First Minister, said that Boris Johnson’s claim he thought the Downing Street gatherings were a work event was not supported by the public.

    “I don’t think the public accepted that justification, if it was an attempt to justify that this wasn’t a party and that it was work-related,”He stated.

    “So, Boris Johnson has to be able not only to convince the general population, but also to convince his own party.

    They will determine the future of Prime Minister. Either he will make the final decision on his future, or the Conservative Party will.

    “And this report, Sue Gray is responsible for, I believe, is going to prove very important.

    “I think there is an imperative for that work to come to a conclusion so that we can all draw a line under this and ensure that the wider public health messaging is consistent, rather than being distracted by what’s going on at Downing Street.”

  • Boris Johnson’s relative tests positive for Covid

    After a family member tested positive for Covid, the Prime Minister decided to withdraw from a visit to Burnley’s vaccination center and participate in a TV interview pooled.

    No10 said Boris will not travel – even though he doesn’t need to isolate.

    Under his own government’s rules, those who are fully jabbed – like the PM is – do not need to quarantine even if a member of their household tests positive.

    A Downing Street spokesman said: “The Prime Minister will no longer be visiting Lancashire today due to a family member testing positive for coronavirus.

    “He will follow the guidance for vaccinated close contacts, including daily testing and limiting contact with others.”

  • The House of Commons heard earlier today from the Health Secretary

    The Health Secretary stated: “UKHSA data suggests that about two-thirds are no longer infected by the end of day five. We want the testing capability that we have to assist these people leaving isolation.

    “After reviewing all evidence, we have decided to reduce self-isolation to five days in England.

    “People can now test twice before they go starting Monday – leaving them isolated at the beginning of day six.

    “These two tests are critical to these balanced and proportionate plans, and I’d urge everyone to take advantage of the capacity we have built up in tests so we can restore the freedoms to this country while we’re keeping everyone safe.”

  • Major developments

    • Brandon Lewis, the Cabinet Minister, insisted that BoJo would win the next election
    • A poll put the Tories at their lowest rating in almost a decade
    • Mr Johnson cancelled a planned visit to a vaccination centre
    • Sajid Javid was ready to make a Covid declaration in the Commons
  • Jonathan Van Tam is a familiar name to many

    Ministers affectionately call JVT the top doctor. He is often seen at Covid briefings.

    His simple explanation of the pandemic situation, often using football metaphors, won him many supporters.

    Despite being in a high-profile role, the Boston United megafan continued to work at vaccination centres.

    Omicron infections have reached a peak and ministers are hopeful that restrictions will be eased in the coming weeks.

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