Boris Johnson: Two-thirds of Britain believes the prime minister should resign, according to a poll

The Prime Minister has not refused to attend the alleged party on 20 May 2020 (Image: PA / YOUGOV.CO.UK)

Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to step down as two damaging polls are revealed in the wake of the accusations from the party ‘bring your own booze’.

A leaked email apparently shows that more than 100 Downing Street employees were invited to a social gathering in the number 10 garden during the first Covid lockdown.

The Prime Minister himself is said to have attended along with his wife Carrie Johnson and about 40 others on May 20, 2020.

The proportion of voters who believe the Tory leader should resign has risen by 12 points since December, according to a quick poll by Savanta ComRes. Among Tory voters, this was an increase of nine points.

The survey of 1,040 showed that 66% of British adults believe that the politician who has not refused to attend the party should leave. Among conservative voters, this figure was 42%.

A total of 62% of respondents thought the new allegations were a worse breach of trust than the first Christmas party revelations.

Similarly, many people are not impressed with Martin Reynolds – the prime minister’s primary private secretary, who apparently sent the email – with 65% agreeing that he should leave his post.

Two-thirds of the population believe that Boris Johnson should resign, opinion polls show

The proportion of voters who believe the Tory leader should resign has risen by 12 points since December (Photo: @SavantaComRes)

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Meanwhile, another YouGov / Sky News poll found that 56% of the population thought the prime minister should resign, while 27% said he should stay in his role and 17% did not.

When a similar question about whether Mr Johnson should remain the leader of the Conservative Party was asked by YouGov on November 22, 48% said he should resign, 31% said he should stay, while 22% answered , that they did not know it.

It comes as furious Britons share heartbreaking stories of having to bury their loved ones the same day that number 10 employees are said to have enjoyed their party.

DUP MP Jim Shannon broke down in tears today as he told his colleagues how his mother-in-law died alone during the pandemic.

Labor has warned Mr Johnson ‘you can run but you can not hide’ as he is still out of sight today.

Paymaster General Michael Ellis responded by insisting that the Prime Minister ‘goes nowhere’ and ‘maintains the confidence of the people of this country’.

But not a single minister showed up to support him when he answered an urgent question in the Commons today, with Tory benches almost empty.

Metropolitan Police have confirmed they are in contact with the Cabinet Office following reports of the incident – but police have refused to investigate previously alleged public gatherings.

Chris Hopkins, political research director at Savanta ComRes, has claimed that “that rope for Boris Johnson has just gotten shorter”.

He said: ‘It is crucial that Boris Johnson this time lacks plausible denial due to the rumors circulating that he and his wife attended the drinks event on May 20, while the rest of the country was restricted to only to meet another person socially outdoors.

‘A 12-point increase in those who say he should resign compared to Christmas Partygate is significant, but in the end it is not the public opinion court that Johnson will be put on trial; it is his own party ‘.

Hopkins added: “If this scandal, as in December, causes the Conservative vote to collapse in the polls, doubts among those who used to see Johnson’s election successes as his saving grace will no doubt rise, and the great difference between now and the beginning of December is that the Tories do not have a poll that can act as a cushion to break the fall of the Prime Minister.

“Increased manpower means that Keir Starmer in No. 10 could really see the Tory backers get irritable, and they can set the wheels in motion to replace Johnson as prime minister.”

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