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Boris Johnson’s ethics adviser Lord Geidt resigns after Partygate grilling

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Boris Johnson’s attempt to relaunch his premiership suffered a fresh blow on Wednesday night when his ethics adviser, Lord Geidt, dramatically quit after conceding the prime minister may have broken the ministerial co...

Another ‘red wall’ Tory MP criticises Johnson’s Partygate apology

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Boris Johnson came under further pressure from angry backbenchers after another “red wall” MP said trust in the government was at the point of collapse. Simon Fell, the MP for Barrow, became the latest MP to publicly ...

Partygate fine does not mean Johnson broke ministerial code, says Raab

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Boris Johnson’s deputy has insisted the prime minister did not breach the ministerial code even though he was penalised by police for attending a No 10 party in lockdown, as the government’s ethics chief reportedly th...

How Partygate could do for Johnson as Black Wednesday did for Major

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Memories came flooding back as George Soros lambasted Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping in Davos last week, although 30 years ago it was sterling rather than authoritarian leaders that the arch speculator had in his sight...

Minister disputes claims No 10 pushed Sue Gray to dilute Partygate report

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A senior minister has disputed claims Sue Gray was pressured to water down her report into law-breaking parties across Westminster, saying he is “absolutely confident” the investigation had been entirely independent. ...

New Commons partygate inquiry poised to derail Tory conference

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A House of Commons inquiry over whether Boris Johnson misled MPs over Partygate is on course to coincide with a Tory party conference already seen as crucial in resetting his leadership. The prime minister appeared to...

Don’t make Partygate official Martin Reynolds our man in Riyadh, urge Tories

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Senior Tories are warning Boris Johnson against appointing an official at the heart of the Partygate scandal to a top diplomatic job after it emerged that the man was being lined up to be Britain’s ambassador to Saudi...

Partygate anger but time to move on: the mood in another Downing Street

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At the end of a long week, the mood in Downing Street is mixed. Most are angry but want to move on. They don’t much like Boris Johnson but the cost of living crisis is what really worries them now. The views are not o...

If Boris Johnson’s Partygate shame leads to this U-turn and help for those in need, we need more parties

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Let’s have barrel loads more outrageous behaviour inside No 10, if that’s what it takes to panic the government into finally unlocking Treasury coffers for those in most need. Now the chancellor relents, but it was as...

Sue Gray day: the Partygate finale – podcast

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The Partygate saga culminated with a report on Wednesday on the extent of rule-breaking in Downing Street during lockdown. Peter Walker and Jonathan Freedland analyse what it means for the PM ...

‘Failure of leadership’: what the papers say about Johnson and the Sue Gray Partygate report

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The front pages of the British newspapers offer very contrasting shades of Gray in their handling of the report into the Partygate scandal and its implications for Boris Johnson’s tenure in 10 Downing Street. “Drinkin...

Five Partygate quotes that show No 10 staff knew they were in the wrong

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The Sue Gray report is neutrally written, but several elements show that Downing Street staff planned the events during lockdowns – and were acutely aware that they were not necessarily a good idea: Email from an unna...

Partygate: Boris Johnson under pressure to explain meeting with Sue Gray

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Downing Street has denied that Boris Johnson asked Sue Gray outright to ditch her report on lockdown breaches in Downing Street, insisting the pair only discussed “process” at a recent meeting. Johnson’s official spok...

Partygate: Boris Johnson under fresh scrutiny after new party pictures emerge – video report

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The UK prime minister is facing fresh scrutiny of his denials and dismissals of lockdown parties in Downing Street after new images emerged in which the prime minister can be seen drinking. The images, obtained by ITV...

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