Boris Johnson’s efforts to stem the tide of criticism against him during a heated session in the House of Commons yesterday have done little to change the electorate’s opinion of his premiership.
More than six in ten Britons (63 per cent) continue to believe Johnson should quit, according to a YouGov snap poll conducted after the publication of Sue Gray’s much-anticipated preliminary report on lockdown parties at Downing Street.
While scant on detail, the 12-page report highlighted “failures of leadership and judgement” at the heart of No 10 and said that the events represented a “serious failure” to uphold the standards expected not only of the government but of the public. Sixteen gatherings on 12 dates in 2020 and 2021 were examined for evidence of breaches of pandemic rules. Twelve of the events are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.
After multiple Conservative MPs demanded an unredacted version of the report, a No 10 spokesperson said that Gray would reopen the inquiry and that a new version of its findings would be presented once the police finish their investigations.