Johnson resists as prime minister pending a crucial investigation

Guillermo Ximenis London, Jan 21 (EFE).- The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has momentarily managed to weather the onslaught of the crisis unleashed by the parties in Downing Street during the pandemic and is now awaiting the publication of a crucial investigation into those celebrations that can decide your political future. The Executive has commissioned senior official Sue Gray to establish which social gatherings were convened at Johnson’s official residence and other government departments while the coronavirus restrictions were in force, and her report is expected to come to light next week. Although the prime minister’s allies hope that the investigation does not point directly to Johnson as responsible for the parties, there is growing nervousness among his inner circle that Gray’s conclusions leave him little room for manoeuvre. In particular, investigators may have found an email warning the Prime Minister’s private secretary, Martin Reynolds, that a March 20, 2020 Downing Street garden celebration attended by Johnson was against the law. rules, as revealed by the ITV network. That email can show that the head of government lied before Parliament when he assured that he went to that meeting thinking it was a work meeting, which would further complicate his precarious situation. INTERNAL REBELLION For now, Johnson has avoided calling an internal confidence vote on his leadership of the Conservative Party, a scenario that seemed imminent this week, when twenty deputies from his own formation publicly aired their discontent with his management. Those parliamentarians are mostly representatives of constituencies in the north of England, a traditionally Labor voting area that won a seat for the first time in 2019 and now fear losing it to the fall of the “Tories” in the polls. The motion of confidence will be launched if 54 deputies request it in writing, a level that has not been reached at the moment. Johnson this week tried to appease the hardest wing of the Conservatives, who also threatened to try to topple his leadership, by withdrawing most of the current restrictions against the expansion of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. EXTORTION ACCUSATIONS The operation to prevent these 54 petitions for a motion of confidence from taking place has raised accusations of extortion by some of the rebel Conservative MPs. Those parliamentarians are considering making public text messages and a recorded conversation with those responsible for party discipline that they say include threats and intimidation, “The Times” has revealed. Those affected say they have been threatened with the withdrawal of public funds from their constituencies, and even with publishing details about their personal lives, if they do not back down in their efforts to bring down the prime minister. A Downing Street spokesman has so far declined to open an investigation into the allegations, saying there is “no evidence” to support them. DRINKS UNTIL EARLY MORNING Among the incessant trickle of revelations about parties during the pandemic that have been published in recent days, the newspaper “The Telegraph” today aired details about a celebration until dawn in Downing Street the night before the duke’s funeral Edinburgh last April. The attendees drank wine and alcoholic cocktails for seven hours, until one in the morning, and even poured drink on a printer in the offices of the prime minister’s official office, according to a witness to the newspaper. That story contrasts with the images that the British saw the next day on television, with Queen Elizabeth II dressed in deep mourning, sitting alone at her husband’s funeral due to the rules against the coronavirus, which prevented her from being accompanied. PLUMP IN POLLS Johnson’s popularity decline has sharpened this week. According to a survey by the firm Ipsos Mori, according to which 61% of Britons have an unfavorable opinion of the Tory leader and only 22% express a positive opinion. The leader of the opposition, Labor Keir Starmer, also does not receive the approval of the voters in that same poll. 43% perceive him unfavorably, compared to 29% who see him favorably as the future head of government. The only politician with more positive than negative evaluations is the Minister of Economy, Rishi Sunak, one of the potential candidates to replace Johnson at the head of the Conservatives, with 37% of those surveyed in his favor and 30% against. EFE gx/er/vh (audio) (video)

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