The Prime Minister is facing calls to resign after it emerged staff in Downing Street held several parties throughout 2021 despite the country bein
The Prime Minister is facing calls to resign after it emerged staff in Downing Street held several parties throughout 2021 despite the country being under lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mr Johnson’s reputation was smeared even further when he was forced to apologise in the Commons after admitting to attending one of the parties.
Dozens of MPs are reportedly prepared to submit a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister but others said they will wait for the outcome of the Sue Gray investigation.
Mr Johnson confirmed the Gray report was expected “next week”.
But now, ITV’s Political Editor, Robert Peston, has issued a huge bombshell after Ms Gray reportedly found an email urging the May 20, 2020, party to be “cancelled”.
The email was reportedly sent to Mr Johnson’s principle private secretary, Martin Reynolds, and said the party “should be cancelled because it broke the rules”, Mr Peston claimed.
A senior official told Mr Peston he also “probably” personally warned the Prime Minister against the party but said he “honestly cannot remember”.
Claims the Prime Minister and his wife, Carrie Johnson, attended the party were first made by Mr Johnson’s former top aide, Dominic Cummings.
In his January 17 blog post, Mr Cummings claimed the Prime Minister allowed the email inviting more than 100 people to the drinks party in Number 10.
However, Downing Street previously claimed Mr Johnson did not see the email sent by Mr Reynolds which invited staff to “make the most of the lovely weather”.
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Mr Cummings also claimed he warned Mr Reynolds and an unnamed senior official approached the private secretary with identical concerns, ITV reported.
Over the last two weeks, letters have trickled into the office of Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 Committee.
Party rules stipulate that, should he receive 54, the committee can call a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.
Recent reports suggest letters have nearly reached this benchmark, with 12 MPs from the 2019 intake sending theirs on Wednesday morning.
Their contribution came after a meeting earlier this week.
The decision came following the Prime Minister claiming “nobody” told him the gathering he attended “for 25 minutes” was against the rules.
Those 12 letters compound the damage caused by several more from MPs both privately and publicly excoriating Mr Johnson.
But only Sir Graham knows how many MPs have delivered letters so far.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are seen as the frontrunners to take over leadership of the Conservative Party.