Boris Johnson has spent the day on his political knees asking Tory MPs to back his dwindling post as Prime Minister as he faces a no-confidence vote.
Under the Prime Minister’s leadership, the Conservatives have slipped in the polls over the past six months, giving Labor a small and steady lead.
Exactly one year ago on June 6th the Conservatives averaged 45%, the Labor Party 33% and the Lib Dems 7%.
Today Labor’s vote share stands at 40%, ahead of the Tories at 32% and the Liberal Democrats at 12%, according to national polls as of June 6th.
Mr Johnson has long been compared to Marmite as his entire career has been littered with gaffes and insults.
But it seems the public and many Tory MPs are fed up with the Prime Minister’s proliferation – hoping he will resign to avoid embarrassing them at work in their constituencies.
Here are 12 stunning moments that have dramatically destroyed the Prime Minister’s authority – all within the last six months…
Owen Paterson resigned as a Tory MP after a row over his behavior led to a humiliating about-face by the government.
The Conservative was found to have broken lobbying rules and faced a suspension – until Tory MPs blocked it by calling for an overhaul of MPs’ standard Watchdog instead.
Mr. Paterson was paid as a consultant for clinical diagnostics company Randox from 2015 and for meat retailer Lynn’s Country Foods from 2016.
He was found to have broken MPs’ codes of conduct by failing to express his interest as a paid consultant to Lynn’s Country Foods in four emails to Food Standards Agency officials.
He was also beaten for using his Parliament office 26 times for business meetings with his clients.
They initially had the support of No 10 but Downing Street overturned their decision after a furious backlash.
Boris Johnson chatted about Peppa Pig to world-renowned business leaders at the CBI conference last November.
The Prime Minister lost his seat for about 20 seconds, jokingly quoting Lenin and impersonating a car with the words: “Broom, broom, brah, brah!”
North East businessman Richard Swart, global sales and quality director at County Durham manufacturer Berger Group and chairman of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum, told the Mirror at the time the speech was “disastrous”.
A Tory rebel has since told the Mirror that he had filed a letter of no confidence after that embarrassing speech.
As Westminster watchers awaited Sue Gray’s final report on lockdown-breaking parties, the MP said: “I knew it was over at that point. He looked like he had seriously lost his composure.”
The first story of what has become “Partygate” erupted on November 30 when the Daily Mirror reported allegations that Downing Street staff threw a series of lockdown busting parties when London was under lockdown restrictions.
The story made little headlines at first, and the Conservatives easily won the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-elections two days later.
Tory’s attempts to dampen the story’s breakthrough with a series of Law and Order announcements as part of Crime Week ended with the party defending itself against allegations of law-breaking.
Allegra Stratton has quit her role as press secretary at Downing Street after a video leaked to ITV News confirmed the Mirror’s reports of lockdown parties. She joked and practiced excuses that she would make to the press.
Ms Stratton resigned a day later and Mr Johnson apologized at the PM’s questions, saying he was “angry” at the video and appointed Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to investigate the allegations.
It was the first of many apologies the Prime Minister would make in relation to Partygate.
North Shropshire by-election
Senior Tories warned Mr Johnson his leadership is at stake following the party’s crushing defeat in the North Shropshire by-election.
The prime minister suffered another major blow to his authority when the Liberal Democrats overthrew a massive Conservative majority to take the seat by nearly 6,000 votes.
The result sent shockwaves through Westminster after weeks of damaging headlines about Tory’s ‘Sleaze’ and reports of parties at No10 breaching last year’s Covid restrictions.
Mr Johnson said he took “personal responsibility” for what he described as a “very disappointing” outcome” for the party.
The Prime Minister acknowledged he needs to “fix” issues such as the reported No 10 parties and the controversy over funding for the renovation of his Downing Street flat, which have fueled anger in Parliament and beyond.
Tory minister Lord Agnew has left Mr Johnson’s government in dramatic fashion over its “deplorable track record” of cheating Covid loans.
He told Lords that Government action had been “woefully inadequate” with oversight of lenders “nothing short of deplorable”.
Lord Agnew surprised colleagues by expressing his dissatisfaction with the cooperation between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Treasury.
“Student mistakes were made, for example they allowed over 1,000 companies to get bounce back loans that didn’t even trade when Covid hit,” he said in the Lords.
After issuing another apology to the House of Representatives, the Prime Minister was criticized for accusing Labor leader Keir Starmer of failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile as chief prosecutor.
It’s a false claim that appears in a number of right-wing conspiracy theories.
Mr Johnson later “clarified” his comments, saying he was referring to the Labor leader’s responsibility as head of the CPS rather than a decision he personally made.
The most loyal helper resigns
The insult to Starmer sparked anger not only from opposition benches and the public, but also from his own supporters.
The prime minister’s longtime assistant, Munira Mirza, announced that she was outraged by the prime minister’s “inappropriate and partisan reference to a horrifying case of child sexual abuse”.
Even Chancellor Rishi Sunak publicly reprimanded, saying at a press conference that he had not made the remarks.
Ms Mirza’s resignation was followed by news that three top advisers would be leaving Downing Street, including chief of staff Dan Rosenfield, communications director Jack Doyle and private secretary Mr Reynolds.
Houses for Ukraine
The government’s handling of the Homes for Ukraine program was widely seen as messy.
The prime minister initially refrained from welcoming all Ukrainian refugees with no immediate family connection to the UK.
Then the government did an embarrassing about-face, insisting that the number of refugees from the crisis-hit country would soon increase dramatically.
Charities continue to call for the waiver of visa rights for those fleeing Ukraine, with some criticizing the arrangements as “not expedient”.
Last week the Prime Minister admitted Britain could have reacted more quickly to help Ukrainian refugees.
Boris Johnson engaged in a bitter and almost pointless row with the Church of England, which had criticized his Rwanda policy.
The Archbishop of Canterbury criticized the policy in his Easter sermon, claiming the offer to send some asylum seekers 4,000 miles to Rwanda raised “serious ethical questions”.
Justin Welby even said politics “cannot withstand the judgment of God.”
The prime minister fought back, claiming he was “less vocal” in condemning Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine than the migration policy.
But senior Tory MPs have since questioned the logic behind the plans.
In his letter of no confidence, former Tory minister Jesse Norman said the plans were “unnecessary and provocative”.
cost of living
Boris Johnson has been heavily criticized for failing to deal with the cost of living crisis.
Weeks after the Chancellor unveiled his disastrous spring declaration that did nothing for the poorest of Britons, the Prime Minister unveiled a Cost of Living Committee with the sole aim of finding solutions to help those in need.
This committee was announced at the end of April. Experts had been warning of a slump in living standards since the end of last year.
A Tory MP told the Mirror his constituents have found the Prime Minister’s failure to deal with the crisis will alienate people from their party for years to come.
The prime minister faced mounting pressure after the Tories lost nearly 400 seats in local elections.
The loss of Wandsworth and Westminster in London to Labor after decades of Tory control appears to have prompted more MPs to send letters of no confidence to the Prime Minister.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi urged Tory MPs to remain united: “People don’t like to vote for divided parties, for teams that are divided.”
But party divisions continued to grow over the next few weeks.
Platinum Anniversary Boos
Royalists booed Boris Johnson as he arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee service.
The Prime Minister walked awkwardly up the cathedral steps holding his wife Carrie’s hands while the royalists continued to jeer amid some cheers.
Labor leader Starmer said he was not surprised Mr Johnson was booed as the public was “fed up” with the Tory government.
Johnson loyalists claimed it was not surprising MPs were booed at public ceremonies, but insisted it did not prove they were ineligible.
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