Following the fallout from the series of alleged lockdown-breaking parties, the Prime Minister will announce the end of all restrictions on January 26. It is thought Mr Johnson may announce the end of restrictions, such as working from home and Covid passports, as soon as next week in order to stave off a party rebellion. One source said: “There frankly doesn’t seem to be any other expectation at the moment.”
In order to gain support, allies are calling MPs and reminding them of the Prime Minister’s 2019 election win.
Sir Lynton Crosby, the strategist who worked for the Prime Minister during his time as London mayor, held talks with Mr Johnson in the past week.
One MP said the Prime Minister had “bought time” after he apologised for attending a Downing Street gathering on May 20, 2020.
While pressure is building, a source told The Daily Telegraph the Cabinet is confident Sue Gray’s inquiry will clear the Prime Minister.
Although allies have rallied around the underfire Prime Minister, whips are monitoring Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss.
The paper reports the Foreign Secretary held a small gathering in her Parliament office on Monday.
Both were two of the last to issue their support for Mr Johnson via social media during the week.
Ms Truss said on Twitter: “The Prime Minister is delivering for Britain – from Brexit to the booster programme to economic growth.
Ms Gray will soon publish her report into the numerous alleged lockdown-breaching gatherings.
Both gatherings on May 15 and 20 will be included in the civil servant’s report, alongside other events held in Downing Street and Whitehall in November and December 2020.
Speaking the Commons, Mr Johnson said: “With hindsight, I should have sent everyone back inside.
“I should have found some other way to thank them.
“And I should have recognised that, even if it could be said technically to fall within the guidance, there would be millions and millions of people who simply would not see it that way.”
Despite his apology, Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Tories called on the Prime Minister to resign.