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Will Boris Johnson’s non-apology save him?

Several Conservative MPs have urged the Prime Minister to resign after he admits to attending a No 10 party over lockdown.

Boris Johnson has been caught red-handed and forced to admit that he attended a party in the Downing Street garden in May 2020, however he claimed that he believed it was a “work event”. Stephen Bush, Anoosh Chakelian and Ailbhe Rea, discuss his chances of survival and the awkward questions this culture of insouciance raises for his potential successors.

Then in You Ask Us, a listener asks if Labour is right to speak positively about Tony Blair and the New Labour government given Blair’s unpopularity.

If you have a question for You Ask Us, send an email or voice note to podcasts@newstatesman.co.uk

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