GMB: Adil Ray asks David Lammy if Boris Johnson should resign
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The Government has faced an avalanche of controversy in recent weeks with reports of sleaze, lockdown rule-breaking, and the return of coronavirus restrictions due to the new Omicron variant, and it seems to have finally turned the electorate against the Prime Minister.
A new poll by Survation revealed that 57 percent of voters believe Boris Johnson should resign as Prime Minister.
It comes after the Government was caught in a Christmas party scandal but Mr Johnson insists he “certainly broke no rules” after Downing Street confirmed he “briefly” attended a “virtual” quiz reported to have been held on December 15 last year.
Only 30 percent of voters backed the PM’s position with those who believe Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer would make the better candidate rising to 39 percent.
This is the first time that Starmer has become the preferred candidate since October 6, 2020.
A third of those who voted Conservative at the last General Election (31 percent) believe that Johnson should resign.
The poll revealed the Labour Party have maintained their lead over the Conservatives at 39 percent, with the latter polling at 32 percent, a new low for the party in any Survation polling conducted since Boris Johnson became leader in July 2019.
Survation also asked the public whom they would prefer to replace Johnson as PM if he was to resign.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak came out on top with 24 percent of respondents voting and 34 percent saying they did not know who they would choose.
The next closest was former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt with just six percent of votes and health secretary Sajid Javid with five percent.
There is also the looming threat of the North Shropshire by-election this week, the seat at the heart of the scandal that saw Owen Paterson resign.
The seat, which is usually Conservative, is now favoured to swing to the Liberal Democrats, according to bookies.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi admitted by-elections are sometimes used to “send a message” to the ruling party.
Support for Lib Dem candidate Helen Morgan appears to be growing with Ladbrokes, Paddy Power and William Hill all slashing odds the 46-year-old parish councillor winning the seat on December 16.
Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said: “The momentum is now with the Liberal Democrats as we enter the final week of this campaign.
“Every day we are hearing from lifelong Conservative voters who are furious with the Prime Minister for lying, breaking the rules and trying to cover it up.
“They now have an opportunity to tell Boris Johnson that the party is over.”
Boris Johnson is also seeking to win over Tory rebels as revolt looms over Covid health passes.
Plan B measures are expected to be approved with Labour’s support but could be a significant blow to the PM as Tories are particularly opposed to making NHS Covid passes mandatory for entry to large venues.
He said the measures are necessary for public health as about 75 Conservatives consider rebelling in Tuesday’s votes.
If around 75 Tories voted against the measures rather than abstain, they would deliver the biggest revolt of Boris Johnson’s leadership.
NHS Covid passes showing full vaccination or a recent negative test will be required for entry to indoor venues containing more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people, from Wednesday.
Survation interviewed 1,218 adults online aged 18+ living in the UK between 10th and 11th December 2021.
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