Iain Macwhirter: Boris is in a culture war with his own party … and he's losing it – The Herald

Iain Macwhirter: Boris is in a culture war with his own party … and he’s losing it – The Herald

Allegra Stratton, the former Number 10 press spokesman who resigned tearfully last week, never look…
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PM may have broken law with Christmas quiz, says Starmer – Politics.co.uk

Leader of the Labour party, Sir Keir Starmer, has said Boris Johnson might have broken the law by t…
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Boris Johnson pictured at Christmas quiz last winter as Labour take poll lead against Tories …

PM also facing Tory revolt over Covid restrictions, and a nailbiting by-election Boris Johnson may have broken the law with a Christmas quiz last year, Labour and the SNP have said, while a Tory minister defended the event by saying there was “no alcohol on the table” and “no rule against recognising Christmas with tinsel”. Images have emerged in the Sunday Mirror of the prime minister during the Downing Street quiz, sitting next to members of staff wearing tinsel and a santa hat. The newspaper reported this took place days before a No 10 gathering currently under investigation by Cabinet secretary Simon Case. Meanwhile Tories in North Shropshire said the prime minister was serving as a hindrance as they prepare for a by-election, triggered by the resignation of Owen Paterson. “He gives the general impression that he is a buffoon and that he is not taking things seriously; and what people think of that, I am sure, will come out in the election result,” Roy Aldcroft, a Shropshire councillor and the Conservative Mayor of Market Drayton, told The Independent. “And I would say, if we do lose this, he would have to reflect on his position. I would like to see the whole issue of who leads us through future elections looked at if we lose. I think that applies even if we win but it’s with a largely reduced majority.” Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of UK politics, as Sunday newspapers carry fresh allegations against the PM In one of the main stories from this morning, Boris Johnson has been pictured hosting a Christmas quiz in Downing Steet last December in “a clear breach” of his own government’s Covid rules. An image obtained by the Sunday Mirror shows the prime minister sitting with two colleagues underneath a portrait of Margaret Thatcher as he reportedly read out questions to staff over video. There are also reports Boris Johnson is facing a revolt within his own cabinet against the possible further tightening of Covid-19 restrictions amid the spread of the Omicron variant. Several ministers planning to ‘resist’ the introduction of potential harsher measures, according to reports Over in North Shropshire where a by-election is looming, the Liberal Democrats believe they are “neck and neck” with the Tories. One Lib Dem source said the Downing Street party scandal had been like “manna from heaven” for the party’s campaigners. Here is Labour’s Angela Rayner on the reports of a No10 Christmas quiz hosted by Boris Johnson: Reports have emerged of Boris Johnson hosting a Christmas quiz, said to have taken place in mid-December last year. “Although there are exemptions for work purposes, you must not have a work Christmas lunch or party, where that is a primarily social activity and is not otherwise permitted by the rules in your tier.” At the time of the quiz, London was in Tier 2 which said there should be no mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles, and maximum of six people outside. Nadhim Zahawi is on Sky News at the moment being asked about images of the No10 Christmas quiz. He defended the event, saying it was a “virtual quiz” with “no alcohol on the table”. “Are you really getting the right balance here in terms of omicron … versus talking about a zoom call?” he told Sky News. By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply. Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in
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