The Labor Party is reaching a pivotal moment as Boris Johnson battles to save his political career this week amid growing accusations of partisans in Downing Street.
With a general election likely in less than two years, shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting yesterday said that although the prime minister’s departure was in the “national interest”, it would be a results are “great” for the opposition if Johnson stays in the role.
“If I’m thinking about this purely through the lens of partisan politics, my message to Tory MPs is to keep him,” Streeting told Trevor Phillips on Sky News. “Bring yourself down. Literally, you will be disqualified from the next election.”
That prediction is supported by the findings of a YouGov opinion poll. Of the nearly 1,700 voters polled, six out of 10 said Johnson should step down. Four in ten respondents who voted Tory in 2019 think he should quit by now.
The poll comes after Johnson apologized at the Prime Minister’s Question last week for attending a “Bring Your Own Wine Party” in garden number 10 during the May 2020 lockdown, claiming that he thought it was a “business event”. But reports followed that two parties were being held in Downing Street the night before Funeral of Prince Philip in April 2021 sparked new criticism.
The Prime Minister has urged voters and his party to wait for the conclusion of the investigation into the claims, due to Gray, will be due later this week. But he was “unable to quell public anger,” writes YouGov’s Connor Ibbetson.
Newly published results of a poll for The Observer The newspaper’s Robert Ford also said “terrible reading” for Johnson. The Prime Minister’s personal approval ratings “fall below the worst number ever recorded by Theresa May”, and the Tory party “sinks into its worst vote share since the general election, after Labor ten points”.
Conservatives can now be “damned if they do and damned if they don’t,” continued Ford. Sticking with Johnson “risks further contaminating the party brand if the scandals continue and voter anger grows”, but no candidate to replace him “looks likely to re-appear”. his unique appeal to voters”.
In contrast, Labour’s Keir Starmer was ultimately “considered a possible winner”, said Financial Times‘Steve Richards, who warned that the opposition leader “must not squander” this opportunity.
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Paul Mason at New Chinese predicted last month that Starmer could defeat Sunak, but not necessarily “a Conservative apparatus united around Truss”. “We would settle here with a tribute to Thatcher, but tribute bands are very popular,” Mason said.
However, the experts polling at Opinium think Sunak is the best chance. He is the Tory’s only leadership candidate “who many voters think would make a better PM than a bad PM”, the polling company tweeted this weekend. Four in ten people who responded to the poll said they “didn’t know enough to give an opinion” about Truss.
“We don’t think that just because the Tories are in disarray, people flock to Labor by default,” said Labour’s Streeting, who finished 10th in the next election. We want to win people’s trust.”
All the same, thanks to Johnson’s “unusual self-inflicted series,” there is growing evidence that “the public is examining Starmer products with serious interest,” says Time.
An ally of the Labor Secretary told the newspaper: “He understands that he will win by being as non-Boris as possible. He doesn’t have to be the biggest personality, just a reliable prime minister.”
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