‘Party’s over’ for Boris Johnson as Sunak leads Tory leader preference
Almost half of Conservative members believe the Chancellor Rishi Sunak would make a better Prime Minister than Boris Johnson, poll reveals.
Around 46 per cent of Conservative members polled thought that Rishi Sunak would make a better Prime Minister than Boris Johnson.
While less than one in five (18 per cent) thought he would do a worse job than the current PM.
In the poll by Yougov for Sky News, a third of members (34 per cent) thought that Boris Johnson should resign.
The Prime Minister was lambasted by the opposition during PMQ’s, with Labour leader Keir Starmer leading calls for him to “do the decent thing and resign.”
Leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Douglas Ross, also called for the PM to stand down.
When asked who should replace him if he did resign, a third (33 per cent) said that Sunak should replace him.
The Brexit-supporting Foreign Secretary Liz Truss was second in that list, with a quarter (25 per cent) of those polled wanting her to succeed Johnson if he stood down.
These calls come in the wake of another scandal involving the government, as Johnson admitted and apologised for attending a “boozy party” in his garden, which he believed was a “work meeting”.
The Labour leader added that the “party’s over” for the PM.
The revelations come after a leaked email revealed that Downing Street staff were invited to “make the most of the weather” in the No 10 garden, and were told to “bring your own booze.”
Calls for the PM’s resignation have only been emphasised by other senior staff who have resigned for breaking the rules.
Former Downing Street Press Secretary Allegra Stratton resigned after a video emerged of her joking about an alleged Christmas party during lockdown in 2020.
Professor Neil Ferguson resigned for “undermining social distancing rules” in 2020 when a woman he was said to be in a relationship with visited his home during lockdown.
Former Health Secretary Matt Hancock also resigned for breaching social distancing rules, after it emerged that he kissed a colleague.
(Image: Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street)
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