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The majority of voters think Boris Johnson should resign as prime minister, according to a new poll.
A snap YouGov survey revealed three in five people (59%) wanted the Tory leader to step down following the publication of Sue Gray’s report into the Downing Street parties on Wednesday.
The senior civil servant wrote “senior leadership” in No 10 must “bear responsibility” for the culture which led to lockdown rules being broken at a series of events in 2020 and 2021.
When Britons were asked if they think Johnson knowingly lied about whether or not he broke lockdown rules, three-quarters (74%) said that he did, with around one in eight (13%) saying that he did not.
Among 2019 Conservative voters, half (51%) thought Johnson knowingly lied.
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The proportion of people who said Johnson should resign included around a quarter (27%) of 2019 Conservative voters, while three in 10 (30%) Britons said the PM should remain in his role, rising to almost two-thirds (63%) of 2019 Conservative voters.
Meanwhile, 88%of Labour voters said the PM should resign, with just 6% thinking he should stay on.
Labour MP Toby Perkins said the poll showed the British people wanted Johnson out.
He tweeted: “Next time you hear Boris Johnson or any Tory mouthpiece telling you that the British public just want him to get on with the job, remember this.
“They are wrong, the British public want Johnson gone.”
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The prime minister has also faced fresh demands to resign from SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, while Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey said: “Any other PM would be forced to resign by a report as damaging as this, yet still Conservative MPs defend Johnson and allow him to cling on.”
Despite this, YouGov’s poll states that only 7% of Britons think the prime minister will resign, with more than eight in 10 (83%) believing that he will remain in his role.
The proportion who thinks he will resign includes just 6% of 2019 Conservative voters and 6% of 2019 Labour voters.
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Addressing the Commons on Wednesday after the report was published, Johnson repeated his apology over the birthday party, adding: “I take full responsibility for everything that took place on my watch.
“Sue Gray’s report has emphasised that it is up to the political leadership in Number 10 to take ultimate responsibility and, of course, I do.”
Johnson said he was “humbled” by the experience and had learned his lesson.
A total of 2,748 people were surveyed for the YouGov poll.