Listen to backbenchers, ex-minister urges No 10

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  • Boris Johnson
    Boris Johnson
    Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2019
Boris Johnson must ‘reconnect’ with backbench MPs, says former minister  (PA)
Boris Johnson must ‘reconnect’ with backbench MPs, says former minister (PA)

Boris Johnson must “reconnect” with his backbench MPs if he is to survive criticism over lockdown breaking and the reintroduction of Covid restrictions, a former minister said Tuesday.

Alleged Christmas parties in Downing Street last year and a photo of the Prime Minister at a cheese and wine “business meeting” in May 2020 when social gathering was banned has stoked anger at a time when the Government is considering reintroducing restrictions.

Caroline Nokes, chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, told Times Radio Mr Johnson “has an opportunity” when Parliament returns in January “for the reset”. She added: “My advice to him would be to focus on what backbenchers are telling you.”

The Government is facing calls to order an investigation into a photo, published by the Guardian, showing Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and 17 other staff members in the Downing Street garden with bottles of wine and a cheeseboard on May 15, 2020.

The Government has insisted it was a work meeting.

A probe into a number of Christmas parties last year across Whitehall when the capital was under Tier 2 restrictions is already underway.

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