Mr Johnson is facing a huge rebellion from members of his own Conservative Party after admitting to attending a “bring your own booze” gathering in May 2020, at a time when Britons were told to only meet one other person outdoors. During a heated Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Mr Johnson publicly apologised but insisted he believed it had been a “work event”. The Prime Minister acknowledged the public “rage” over the incident, with Downing Street insisting he was never sent an email inviting people to “socially distanced drinks” in the garden.
Mr Johnson said he attended the gathering for about 25 minutes to “thank groups of staff” but “with hindsight I should have sent everyone back inside”.
This has led to Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss to be touted as candidates to become the next Prime Minister, with the duo on “constant manoeuvres” to line themselves up as future leaders among Tory peers, according to The Daily Mail.
But reacting to an Express.co.uk poll over whether Mr Sunak would be the right person for the job, Britons have reacted with fury over the possibility of him becoming the next leader of the country.
He has sparked fury by backtracking on a Tory manifesto pledge by scrapping the triple lock on pensions, and has been criticised over huge tax hikes which he insisted were “necessary” to recover the NHS from Covid waiting lists.
Express reader Bob Page fumed: “George Galloway describes Sunak as a (very rich) pound shop Tony Blair. I feel this may be accurate.
“I haven’t seen anything to convince me to vote for the Tories led by Sunak, if anything the opposite.”
Trudi432 raged: “Why would any pensioner vote for Sunak when all he’s done is show no respect for them?
“He’s trying to constantly penalise them, he obviously has no time for anyone on a pension.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has called for his resignation, and has submitted a letter of no confidence to Parliament.
He said: “I don’t want to be in this position, but I am in this position now, where I don’t think he can continue as leader of the Conservatives.”
Tory MP William Wragg, who is also the chair of the Commons’ Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, described the Prime Minister’s position as “untenable”.
He said he feared the “partygate” row was “simply going to be a continuing distraction to the good governance of the country”.
Senior Tory MP Sir Roger Gale, has also submitted a letter of no confidence against Mr Johnson.
He told Sky News the Prime Minister had left himself in “an impossible position” and was now facing an “exit route” from Number 10.