Boris Johnson’s reputation has been tarnished in recent months by the Partygate scandal, his lavish refurbishment of his Downing Street flat and his attempts to water down the Ministerial Code
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Boris Johnson’s allies fear he will face even more damaging stories about his personal integrity that could derail his plans to move on to other issues.
Tory rebels continue to put pressure on the Prime Minister’s probity after he narrowly won a vote of no confidence in his leadership last night.
Mr Johnson’s reputation has been tarnished in recent months by the Partygate scandal, his lavish refurbishment of his Downing Street flat and his attempts to water down the Ministerial Code.
Tory sources say they are concerned more could emerge, which could undermine his efforts to bolster support.
A former cabinet minister suggested that a “pipeline of errors” was likely to emerge in the coming months that would hurt Conservative poll numbers even further.
A second ex-minister said: “Watch out for the next crisis.
Labor Deputy Leader Angela Rayner accused the Prime Minister, who is under investigation by MPs for lying to Parliament on Partygate, of “downgrading” Britain’s values.
She added: “This Prime Minister’s example of leadership: illegally delaying Parliament, breeding a Downing Street culture where its staff felt empowered to break lockdown rules, including himself, and the very standards that underpin our democracy to put in the shredder.”
Mr Johnson was challenged over his integrity by Tory MPs at a meeting ahead of the confidence vote.
Party insiders claimed the Prime Minister “pulled a face” when asked why he removed references to “honesty and integrity” from the Ministerial Code.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnsons-allies-fear-pm-27172111 Boris Johnson's allies fear PM will be faced with more damaging stories after confidence vote