Boris Johnson POLL: Has PM done enough to stay in job after week of hell?

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The Prime Minister has been under increasing pressure after a series of damaging accusations about parties that broke Covid regulations were leaked to the press. His reputation was further wounded when he was forced to apologise in the Commons after admitting to attending one of the parties, although he insisted he thought it was a “work meeting” and technically within the rules.

In the wake of the ongoing scandals, several Tory MPs have turned their backs on the Prime Minister.

Over the last two weeks, letters have trickled into the office of Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee.

Party rules stipulate that, should he receive 54, the Committee can call a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

Recent reports suggest letters have nearly reached this benchmark, with 12 MPs from the 2019 intake sending theirs on Wednesday morning (January 19).

Their contribution came after a meeting on January 18.

While many Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to resign, others said they will wait for the Sue Gray report before deciding what to do.

Now, has asked: “Has the Prime Minister done enough to stay after a week of hell?”

During PMQs on Wednesday, Conservative MP David Davis told Boris Johnson to resign “in the name of God”.

The Tory MP and former Brexit Secretary told Mr Johnson he has “sat there for too long”, urging him to go.

Speaking in Parliament, Mr Davis claimed: “I expect my leaders to shoulder the responsibility for the actions they take.

“Yesterday he did the opposite of that.

“I will remind him of a quotation from Leo Amery to Neville Chamberlain in 1940: ‘You have sat there too long for the good you are doing… in the name of god, go.'”

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The Prime Minister replied to Mr Davis’s comment by saying he is unsure of which quotation he refers to, adding he must wait for the Sue Gray inquiry.

He said: “I must say to him, I don’t know what he is talking about.

“What I can tell him — I don’t know what quotation he is alluding to — what I can tell him is and I think have told this house repeatedly, I take full responsibility for everything done in this Government and throughout the pandemic.”

Ian Blackford, the SNP Westminster leader, joined Mr Davis in firmly calling for Mr Johnson to resign.

He told the Commons: “Will the Prime Minister finally take responsibility? Resign, go, Prime Minister.

“Over the past few days, we’ve had more damaging revelations about Downing Street rule-breaking, more evidence that parliament has been misled and an even longer list of ludicrous, absolutely ludicrous, excuses from the Prime Minister.

“The Prime Minister is taking the public for fools, nobody believes him.”

According to new data, sentiment towards the Prime Minister has plunged dramatically in wake of the “Partygate” scandal.

The term “vote of no confidence” has soared on search engines by 300 percent since October when the first scandals came to light.

The research by digital intelligence platform Similarweb also found traffic to the Conservative Party’s online donations is down by 50 percent.

In comparison, the Labour Party is up 100 percent since November last year.

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