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Boris Johnson partygate crisis: Poll gives Labour 32-point lead in London



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oris Johnson’s woes escalated on Wednesday as a poll showed the Tories plunging a startling 32 points behind Labour in London over the “Partygate” scandal as frenzied talk grew of a no-confidence vote in the PM.

The yawning gap between Labour and the Conservatives is the biggest in a YouGov survey of the capital for at least 12 years.

If maintained at a General Election, it could see the Tories haemorrhage eight seats in the city, leaving them with just 13 London MPs.

In a series of other damning findings, it also showed that two thirds of Londoners believe the Prime Minister should resign.

Four out of five think Mr Johnson has not been honest in responding to the allegations of Downing Street parties during lockdown, including 69 per cent of 2019 Conservative voters.

As he fought for his political life, the PM told MPs last week that he believed a “bring-your-own-booze” party on May 20, 2020, in the garden of No10 when Britain was in lockdown was a “work event”.

He said he went into the garden to thank staff before going back into his office 25 minutes later.

However, nearly three quarters of Londoners believe his assertion that he thought it was a work event is “not an honest account”.

Around the same proportion of Londoners say the Metropolitan Police should investigate the string of parties in No10 when the nation was under Covid restrictions.

The poll put Labour on 55 per cent in the capital, with the Tories on 23 per cent, the Liberal Democrats nine per cent, Greens seven per cent and Reform UK three per cent.

YouGov polls going back to early 2010 showed it was the biggest gap since then and it compares to a Labour lead of 18 to 19 points last spring.



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