Members of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s own party have backed calls for a criminal investigation into Downing Street parties. Civil servant Sue Gray is currently working on her report into the multiple events which took place during England’s lockdown periods. But regardless of how she concludes her inquiry, Martin Vickers, Conservative MP for Cleethorpes since 2010, last week told constituents that “disciplinary actions, and possibly prosecutions, should follow”. He said: “The truth is that none of this should have happened. I despair at the management structure in Downing Street that this could happen.
“I want every one of these allegations to be fully and independently investigated, if necessary, by the police and I want all of those, however senior, who have broken the law or government guidance to be appropriately punished.”
His fellow Conservative MP Stephen Crabb has also called for Cressida Dick’s Met to “investigate these gatherings”.
There is also pressure coming from the Scottish Conservatives – MSP Stephen Kerr told Express.co.uk this week that the Tories can’t get complacent over the next general election.
Asked about the possibility of a Labour-led government in Westminster, Mr Kerr said: “In politics you take nothing for granted, so it is absolutely vital we have a Conservative Government. No one should be complacent about the outcome of the next election.
“Nothing will be decided until the votes are counted, and we have to do everything in our power as Conservatives to make people know that when they vote for us they are going to get good governance.
“We want to be seen as the government of competence that does the right thing for the country.”
The polls have been a cause for concern for the Prime Minister in recent weeks.
Earlier this week, YouGov released its latest Westminster voting intention figures for London.
They found that Labour has significantly increased its lead over the Conservatives since 2021.
Labour are currently on 55 percent of the vote (+4 since May 2021) while the Conservatives are on 23 percent (-10).
Another poll released earlier this month showed a massive slump in Tory support and a 10-point lead for Labour – the party’s biggest lead since December 2013.
The Conservative Party continues to be divided in Westminster.
This week multiple reports surrounding the ‘pork pie plot’ suggested that a group of MPs from the 2019 intake had met to discuss bringing down the Prime Minister.
They reportedly discussed sending in letters of no confidence in Mr Johnson with several believing they had the numbers to force a vote on his continued leadership.
One member of the 2019 intake, who declined an invitation to join the plotters, told i that every corner of the Parliamentary estate had MPs “privately plotting and mobilising”.
Mr Johnson is also grappling with division between the UK and Scottish Conservative parties.
Scottish Conservative leader, Douglas Ross, has already called for Mr Johnson to resign as a result of the scandal.
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Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, responded by branding Mr Ross a “lightweight” figure.
Scottish Tory MP Andrew Bowie demanded that Mr Rees-Mogg apologise for his comments.
Asked about Mr Rees-Mogg’s swipe, Mr Ross said: “Jacob Rees-Mogg, as anyone, is entitled to their opinions. I don’t have to agree with them.”
Speaking before entering Holyrood’s debating chamber for FMQs, Mr Ross added: “My message is I’m going to hold the First Minister to account and ensure that Scottish Conservatives continue to provide a real alternative here in Scotland.”