Boris Johnson: Two-thirds of UK think PM should step down, poll finds

The PM hasn’t denied attending the alleged party on May 20, 2020 (Picture: PA)

Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson to resign as two damaging surveys are revealed in the aftermath of ‘bring your own booze’ party allegations.

A leaked email seemingly shows more than 100 Downing Street staff were invited to a social gathering in the Number 10 garden during the first Covid lockdown.

The chief minister himself is said to have attended alongside his wife Carrie Johnson and around 40 others on May 20, 2020.

The proportion of voters who think the Tory leader should step down has risen by 12 points since the message was revealed last night, a break poll from Savanta ComRes indicates.

It found 66% of UK adults in total think the politician, who hasn’t denied attending the party, should go. In Conservative voters, this figure was 42%.

A total of 62% of those polled felt the fresh accusations were a worse breach of trust than the initial Christmas party revelations.

The survey of 1,040 UK adults found the proportion of those who felt Mr Johnson should step down has surged by 12 points since December. Among Tory voters this was a nine-point rise.

Similarly, many members of the public are not impressed with Martin Reynolds – the PM’s principal private secretary who seemingly sent the email – with 65% agreeing he should leave his role.

Meanwhile, a second poll from YouGov/Sky News found 56% of people thought the PM should resign, while 27% said he should stay in his role and 17% did not know.

Chris Hopkins, political research director at Savanta ComRes, has claimed ‘that rope for Boris Johnson just got shorter’.

He said: ‘Crucially, this time Boris Johnson may without plausible deniability due to the rumours circling that he and his wife attended the drinks event on 20 May while the rest of the country were restricted to meeting just one other person socially outdoors.

‘A 12-point increase in those saying he should resign compared to Christmas Partygate is meaningful, but ultimately it’s not the court of public opinion that Johnson will be tried in; it’s his own party.’

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