Boris Johnson- Partygate news: Tory MPs using Ukraine invasion to defend law breaking prime minister



Partygate: Boris Johnson claims ‘it did not occur’ to him that he was breaking rules#

Tory ministers have rallied around Boris Johnson after he was found by police to have broken his own Covid rules, making him the first prime minister to be hit with criminal sanctions while in office.

His cabinet, including Brexit minister Jacob Rees-Mogg and foreign secretary Liz Truss, lined up to defend Mr Johnson as he faced resignation calls after being fined over a party held on 19 June 2020 to mark his 56th birthday, with several using Russia’s war against Ukraine to move on from the issue.

Earlier, Mr Johnson said it “did not occur” to him that the gathering might be breaching Covid rules, while Rishi Sunak said he understood that “for figures in public office, the rules must be applied stringently in order to maintain public confidence”.

However, a YouGov poll revealed that 57 per cent of voters feel the prime minister and chancellor should resign and about 75 per cent responds believe that Mr Johnson knowingly lied to Parliament about whether he broke lockdown rules, with just 12 per cent saying he did not .

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Snap poll: Three-quarters of voters feel PM deliberately lied in parliament

Amidst a wave of negative press for the Conservatives around partygate, there also seems to be a shift of public perception against Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak.

A new snap poll by YouGov revealed that about 57 per cent of voters feel that the prime minister and chancellor should resign from their posts, as against 30 per cent and 29 per cent respectively who said that they should continue.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Chancellor Rishi Sunak

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For Mr Johnson, the poll represents a 10 per cent point increase in those thinking he should leave office, as compared to an 8 March poll, when about 47 per cent said he should resign.

About 75 per cent of respondents believe that the prime minister knowingly lied in parliament about breaking lockdown rules, as compared to 12 per cent who felt otherwise.

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‘There is a war on’: Tory MPs using Russia’s war on Ukraine to defend PM’s law breaking

Tory MPs lined up to defend Boris Johnson, as they attempted to use Russia’s war against Ukraine to move the conversation on from his law-breaking and stressed the importance of him remaining in office.

Among those rallying behind the PM were Brexit minister Jacob Rees-Mogg and foreign secretary Liz Truss. Responding to Mr Johnson’s apology, in which he claimed “it did not occur” to him that he was breaching his own lockdown rules, Mr Rees-Mogg tweeted: “This ought to close this matter. There is a war on and the prime minister, supported by the chancellor, provides the leadership the nation needs.”

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said: “The prime minister has apologized and taken responsibility for what happened in Downing Street.



He and the chancellor are delivering for Britain on many fronts including on the international security crisis we face. They have my 100 per cent backing.

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Oliver Dowden, co-chairman of the Conservative party, also showed his support for the prime minister, saying he is “fully behind” him “getting on with the job” at a time when the UK is facing an energy crisis and dealing with the conflict in Ukraine.

Read the details in this report by Aisha Rimi.

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