Speaking about Sue Gray’s Partygate inquiry, the veteran pollster said potentially incriminating photos of Boris Johnson would likely be the final straw. He explained that the Partygate scandal gained traction in the public eye after a video of Allegra Stratton and other Downing Street employees joking about a Christmas party was leaked. Speaking of factors that could lead to Johnson’s resignation, Sir John said express.co.uk: “It will be the photos that, above all, matter.”
Speaking about Sue Gray’s Partygate inquiry, the veteran pollster said potentially incriminating photos of Boris Johnson would likely be the final straw.
In particular, he suggested that a photo of Boris Johnson “doing karaoke”, if such an image existed, would be the most damaging to the prime minister’s reputation.
This comes after several Downing Street officials received fixed penalty notices for attending a lockout violation karaoke party held at the Cabinet on June 18, 2020 to mark the departure of a private secretary.
It is unclear whether or not the prime minister was present at the party.
When asked by Express.co.uk whether Johnson’s position as prime minister was secure or not, Sir John said: “No, no, no.
“If there’s a photo of Boris doing karaoke, that’s very, very different.
“So this story has yet to run.”
The prime minister has received numerous resignations from Conservative lawmakers as new Partygate revelations have emerged.
Questions about Boris Johnson’s leadership have grown since it was revealed that the Metropolitan Police had issued several fixed-fine notices as a result of Downing Street partying during the lockdown.
Prominent Conservative lawmakers including Steve Baker, Mark Harper and Defense Committee Chairman Tobias Ellwood have publicly called for the prime minister to step down in April.
Today alone, the total number of fines levied on Downing Street parties has passed 100.
The publication of Ms. Gray at Partygate had to be adjourned while Scotland Yard completes its own investigation.
The public official published a condensed version of the report in February, but the full version is expected to be more forceful for those who attended the events.