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Boris Johnson partygate crisis: Poll gives Labor 32 point lead in London

The gaping gap between Labor and the Tories is the widest in a YouGov survey of the capital for at least 12 years.

If upheld in a general election, it could see the Tories haemorrhage eight seats in the City, leaving them with just 13 London MPs.

In a series of other damning findings, it also showed that two-thirds of Londoners believe the prime minister should quit.

Four in five believe Mr Johnson has not been honest in responding to Downing Street party allegations during the lockdown, including 69% of 2019 Tory voters.

As he battles for his political life, the Prime Minister told MPs last week he believed a ‘bring your own booze’ party on May 20, 2020, in the garden of No 10 when the Grande Britain was locked out was a ‘work event’.

He said he went into the garden to thank the staff before returning to his office 25 minutes later.

However, almost three-quarters of Londoners think his claim that he thought it was a business event is “not an honest account”.

Around the same proportion of Londoners say the Metropolitan Police should investigate the string of parties at No 10 when the nation was under Covid restrictions.

The poll puts Labor at 55% in the capital, the Conservatives at 23%, the Liberal Democrats at 9%, the Greens at 7% and the British Reformers at 3%.

YouGov polls dating back to early 2010 showed it was the biggest gap since then and compares to an 18-19 point Labor lead last spring.

In Inner London Labor now has a 43 point lead (61% to 18%) and in Outer London it is 26 points ahead (51% to 25%).

Patrick English, director of policy research at YouGov, said: “Clearly this poll is not good news for the Prime Minister and the Tories in London.

“It is the biggest Labor lead we have seen in the capital since at least 2010, and if replicated in a general election the Tories could lose up to eight constituencies, leaving them with just 13 MPs to go. London.

“Labour could win up to six seats, taking their tally in London to 55, while the Lib Dems would rise to five.”

The results will also alarm Conservative London councilors who face potentially disastrous local elections in May if their party does not recover in the polls.

The inquiry came amid speculation in Westminster that 54 Tory MPs were on Wednesday morning set to deliver letters, with no confidence in the Prime Minister, to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of back-to-back Tory MPs -ban, which would trigger a vote in Mr Johnson’s future.

Key survey findings include:

  • Sixty-seven percent of Londoners believe Mr Johnson, a former mayor of London, should step down as Prime Minister, including 42% who backed the party in the 2019 general election.
  • Eighty per cent believe the Prime Minister has not been honest when answering questions about party allegations in Downing Street during the lockdown period, including 58 per cent of current Tory supporters.
  • On Mr Johnson’s statement that he thought the May 20 rally was a labor event, 72% think it was not an honest account, including 56% of Tory voters in 2019.
  • Seventy-four percent believe Scotland Yard should investigate potential breaches of Covid rules at Downing Street, including 57% of Tory supporters in the 2019 general election
  • Eighty-three percent believe the May 20 party, as described by the prime minister, was not acceptable under the then-lockdown rules, including 74 percent of 2019 Conservative voters.
  • YouGov surveyed 1,166 adults in London between January 13 and 17. The data is weighted.