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UK PM clings on as ‘partygate’ scandal grows

Amina Taylor
Press TV, London

Just days after Boris Johnson’s shocking apology to the house of commons about a May 2020 party held in the gardens of his official residence at Downing Street, ministers loyal to the PM are hoping a new approach might go some way in cooling the public anger that has sprung up over the revelations of high-profile rule breaking.

Doing the media rounds on Monday was Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi. Earlier it was the turn of Conservative Party Chair Oliver Dowden.

This crisis has not just tested Boris Johnson’s abilities at attempting to weather yet another political storm, but what ‘partygate’ -- as it’s being dubbed – has also done is that it has forced Conservatives to think about whether or not Johnson is the right man for the top job and so far, it seems the jury is still out.

There are already signs that this might have been a scandal too far for a public fed up with the rule breaking PM.

If opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer is hoping the ten points lead currently enjoyed in some opinion polls might translate into actual electoral gains, analysts are urging caution.

Even Tory faithful are acknowledging the Sue Gray inquiry is buying Johnson some breathing space on the biggest scandal of his career-but he has a Herculean task ahead, especially if he has any plans to cling on to power.


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