Boris Johnson at 'weakest point' of premiership says host

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According to betting platform, Ladbrokes, it is an 8/11 chance the Prime Minister leaves his role during 2022. It is also odds-on at 1/2 that Boris Johnson is not leader of the Conservatives at the next General Election.

This comes as the Prime Minister was hit by another crisis last night, as more pictures of Downing Street “parties” were released.

An image showing Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie Johnson and up to 17 staff in the Downing Street garden with what appears to be cheese and wine in May last year, as the whole country was in lockdown, was released yesterday by the Guardian.

At the time social mixing between households was limited to two people, who could only meet outdoors and at a distance of at least two metres.

In workplaces, the guidance said in-person meetings should only take place if “absolutely necessary”.

A Downing Street spokesperson said Mr Johnson and his staffers had been working in the garden, saying: “In the summer months Downing Street staff regularly use the garden for some meetings.

“On 15 May 2020 the prime minister held a series of meetings throughout the afternoon, including briefly with the then health and care secretary and his team in the garden following a press conference.

“The prime minister went to his residence shortly after 7pm.

“A small number of staff required to be in work remained in the Downing Street garden for part of the afternoon and evening.”

The Prime Minister has been dealt a number of blows in recent weeks, including reports about further “Christmas parties”, supposedly held in Downing Street during the festive season last year, the largest rebellion of Mr Johnson’s premiership over vaccine passports and his chief Brexit negotiator, Lord Frost, resigning on Friday.

Lord Frost, who has been a key figure in helping to deliver Mr Johnson’s vision for post-Brexit Britain, resigned from the UK government over “concerns about the current direction of travel”, citing Coronavirus restrictions as a key point of contention.

With regards to the Prime Minister’s replacement, Liz Truss was shown to be a popular bet, at odds of 9/2, up from 5/1.

But Chancellor Rishi Sunak is the current favourite with the bookies, at 2/1.

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Keir Starmer’s odds of becoming the next Prime Minister currently sit at 6/10, just behind Mr Sunak and Ms Truss.

Mr Johnson’s odds of being replaced increase each year, with the platform showing odds of 11/10 for 2023 onwards.

The odds of the Prime Minister remaining as the leader of the Conservatives at the next General Election are 6/4.

A spokesperson for Ladbrokes, Jessica O’Reilly said: “Political punters are piling into the PM’s price of being replaced next year, and should the Downing Street parties controversy rumble on the odds will only fall even further.”

Mr Johnson’s approval ratings have been nosediving in recent weeks, with a recent poll from pollster Ipsos Mori putting Keir Starmer 13 points ahead of Johnson in a poll which asked respondents who would be a more suitable Prime Minister.

The Labour leader was up six percentage points compared with how he scored three months ago, while Mr Johnson was down by seven points over the same period.

This is the first time a Labour leader has been ahead in an Ipsos MORI poll since Gordon Brown led on David Cameron in January 2008.

The latest YouGov tracker also shows the percentage of Britons who disapprove of the Government’s record has increased by 10 points to nearly two-thirds.

This is an increase from 53 percent on December 5.

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