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Record: 70% of voters tell PM to quit as No10 scandal grows

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Voters are leaving Boris Johnson over the No10 parties scandal, with 70 per cent calling for him to resign and almost as many dismissing his Commons apology as bogus, an exclusive poll for LatestPageNews disclosed.

The rejection comes amid criticism of the Prime Minister for not personally apologizing to the Queen for the parties that were held at No 10 on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral last April.

Instead, a staff member apologized in a phone call – as Mr Johnson stayed at his Downing Street flat despite the extraordinary new evidence of breaking Covid rules.

The leader of a grassroots Tory group narrated LatestPageNews that the party’s MPs must now summon up the courage to oust “the worst prime minister of my life”.

John Strafford, leader of the Conservative Democracy Campaign, called the party as the Queen prepared for the mourning “disgraceful” and added: “It is thanks to the Prime Minister’s arrogance that these things are happening.”

Savanta’s poll found 70 per cent of voters want Mr Johnson to step down – a record number – and just 21 per cent support him staying in power.

Equally worrying for the embattled leader was that 68 per cent didn’t believe his apology – in which he claimed he hadn’t realized a “bring your own booze” gathering in his backyard was a party – was not genuine.

A clear majority of respondents said the parties’ “cover-up” was worse than staging the lockdown-busting events, by 56 percent to 32 percent.

About 63 per cent said they didn’t trust Sue Gray’s investigation to reveal whether rules were broken – as experts point out that their job is simply to state the facts, not pass judgement.

Another party has been uncovered, prompting the former head of the government unit that drafted Covid rules to apologize for a cabinet office that left drinks behind during the 2020 Christmas lockdown.

The crisis was reignited with the revelation that two farewell events were held on April 16 – the day before Prince Philip’s funeral – for the Prime Minister’s communications chief and for his personal photographer.

The second party included loud music, a DJ and a member of staff who was sent to the beach co-op to fill a suitcase with bottles of wine, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Drinking continued into the early hours in Garden No 10, witnesses said – and one person broke a swing set belonging to Johnson’s young son, Wilfred.

James Slack, the former head of communications, apologized for his departure and admitted: “This event should not have happened at the time it happened.”

In response, Mr Johnson’s spokesman said: “It is deeply regrettable that this has come at a time of national mourning and No 10 has apologized to the Palace.”

But he refused to say whether the Prime Minister knew about the events – and it was unclear what No 10 had apologized for, as it refused to say what “this” meant and whether they were “social events.” “ acted.

Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Boris Johnson should personally apologize to the Queen for the offense he has caused her and millions across the country who are grieving loved ones.”

And Labor leader Keir Starmer said: “This shows how seriously Boris Johnson has belittled the post of Prime Minister. The Conservatives have failed Britain.”

Mr Johnson’s spokesman said he was at his Checkers country estate on April 16 last year and had not been invited to the events.

But in evidence of a growing grassroots revolt, Mr Strafford said: “MPs must act to get rid of him. The 1922 committee was supposed to cast a vote of confidence and say, ‘Out with you’.”

Andrea Thorpe, Chairwoman of Maidstone and The Weald Conservative Association, attacked “one disaster too many”, saying: “People have had just enough. They feel let down.”

The Sutton Coldfield Conservative Association unanimously passed a motion calling for the Prime Minister to resign. A Tory has won the constituency in every election since its inception in 1945.

Tory MPs have said they want to “wait for Sue Gray” with the senior official’s inquiry expected to be completed as early as the end of next week.

They are under increased pressure from voters to increase the number of letters submitted to the 1922 Committee above the 54 threshold required to trigger a vote of no confidence.

But Liz Truss, the Secretary of State, asked about Mr Johnson’s position, saying: “He has apologized, I think we need to go ahead now and talk about how we’re going to solve problems.”

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