/ 14 January 2022

Johnson’s leadership in crisis

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson wearing a protective face covering, attends a service marking the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey in central London on September 20, 2020. - Westminster Abbey has played a central role in remembering the sacrifice of those who fought in the battle, holding a Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication on Battle of Britain Sunday every year since 1944. (Photo by Aaron Chown / POOL / AFP) (Photo by AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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A growing number of Conservative MPs are calling on UK PM Boris Johnson to step down following his admission yesterday that he attended a drinks party with 30 of his staff in attendance at his official residence during lockdown in May 2020. And a challenge could be on the cards after Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross and other senior backbenchers registered their lack of confidence in his leadership. In Parliament yesterday, Johnson apologised for his handling of the event and said he understood the public’s “rage” over it. And people are raging – one opinion piece from this morning is titled ‘Boris Johnson partied for 25 mins – 5 mins longer than my dad’s funeral’. But he has declined to resign, saying he believed the BYO-booze bash was a “work event”, and will wait on the outcome of an independent probe into allegations of COVID breaches levelled at his government. That investigation is also looking into 2 other ‘illegal’ gatherings held at 10 Downing St.

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