Senior Tories are calling for Boris Johnson’s resignation despite his apology for attending a boozy party in Downing Street’s garden during the first Covid lockdown in May 2020.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons this week that he thought the gathering, billed by his own chief private secretary as a ‘bring your booze’ event, was ‘work’ related.
But the statement was not enough to please Douglas Ross, Tory leader in Scotland, who said Mr Johnson’s position was “no longer tenable” after his belated apology during the PM’s questions.
Ruth Davidson, former leader in Scotland; William Wragg, vice chairman of the influential 1922 committee; Sir Roger Gale and Caroline Nokes are among the other names calling for the Prime Minister’s resignation.
Most cabinet members have now backed Mr Johnson to go ahead, at least until the formal inquiry into the parties at Downing Street is completed, although Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, and Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor – both touted as potential Prime Minister successors – waited until late have the evening to express their support.
Several Tory MPs are rumored to have sent letters of no-confidence to the 1992 committee, although the number is well below the 54 needed to spark a leadership contest.
This, coupled with the fact that Johnson has said he will not be stepping down, means there is currently no mechanism in place to remove him from office.
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