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5 ways Boris Johnson’s Partygate scandal could play out – POLITICO

5 ways Boris Johnson’s Partygate scandal could play out – POLITICO
The UK prime minister is facing a storm of criticism over a lockdown party in his own government department.

” Andrew Gimson, Johnson’s biographer, called the embattled prime minister “a resourceful person” who “will be trying to move the conversation on.If Gray’s report does not have direct implications for the prime minister that send MPs into instant letter-writing fury, his calculation will probably be that he can tough it out again.” Through all of this, Tory MPs who fancy their chances as the next prime minister will be making calculations about how best to position themselves.Conservative MPs could trigger a no-confidence vote in their leader, or Johnson himself may conclude he can no longer command his party’s support.

It’s worth noting that triggering a confidence vote in Johnson’s leadership will need 15 percent of Conservative MPs to write to the chairman of the 1922 committee, Graham Brady.Cath Haddon of the Institute for Government think tank said Gray’s report is expected to focus on “establishing the facts” rather than apportioning blame.

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