Desperate Boris appeals to election guru Sir Lynton Crosby for ‘strategic advice’ as snap poll finds TWO THIRDS of Brits don’t accept his Partygate apology
- Boris Johnson has told Tory MPs he is bringing in election guru Lynton Crosby
- Mr Johnson said he would regularly receive ‘strategic advice’ from Sir Lynton
- Move part of Mr Johnson’s candidacy to stabilize his post as Prime Minister after Partygate update
- Snapshot poll finds two-thirds of Brits don’t accept PM’s Partygate apology
Boris Johnson brings in election guru Sir Lynton Crosby in a desperate bid to stabilize his premiership after a snap poll found two-thirds of Britons do not accept the PM’s Partygate apology .
Last night the Prime Minister told Tory MPs he would regularly take ‘strategic advice‘ from Sir Lynton, who campaigned under David Cameron and helped Mr Johnson become mayor of London.
The Times reported that Mr Johnson had recently urged the Australian to join Number 10 full-time as the new chief of staff, but the offer was declined.
However, Mr Johnson hopes the promise of regular talks with Sir Lynton will help win back the support of many Tory MPs who have demanded a reshuffle of Number 10.
The move came as a survey by Savanta ComRes found 65 per cent of people did not accept Mr Johnson’s apology yesterday after Sue Gray’s Partygate update was published.
The poll also found nearly seven in 10 people think Mr Johnson should quit.
Boris Johnson brings in election guru Sir Lynton Crosby in a desperate bid to stabilize his job as PM after a snap poll found two-thirds of Britons do not accept the PM’s Partygate apology
Last night the Prime Minister told Tory MPs he would regularly take ‘strategic advice’ from Sir Lynton, who campaigned under David Cameron and helped Mr Johnson become mayor of London.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab confirmed this morning that Sir Lynton will return to help the Tories focus on voters’ priorities.
Mr Raab told LBC radio that voters, MPs and the Prime Minister want the Conservative Party ‘to get back to doing the job the people elected us to do’.
“Lynton Crosby is an important part of that,” Mr. Raab said.
“He has a good strategic nose and a good sense of direction of public opinion and a good place – not to formulate, that’s not what we do – but to test the work we do for us make sure we nail down people’s priorities.’
Mr Johnson apologized to MPs yesterday after senior Cabinet Office official Ms Gray uncovered ‘failures of leadership and judgement’ at rallies in Downing Street and Whitehall as England was subdued to coronavirus restrictions in 2020 and 2021.
Ms Gray’s update revealed that the Met Police are currently investigating 12 separate occurrences.
The Prime Minister told the House of Commons: ‘I will address the findings of the report in this statement, but first I want to apologise.’ I’m sorry for the things we just didn’t do well and sorry for the way this matter was handled.
He added: “But just saying sorry is not enough. It’s a time when we have to look in the mirror and we have to learn.
A snap poll taken after the Prime Minister’s statement found that 65% of people did not accept Mr Johnson’s apology, while three in ten (29%) said they had.
Some 69% of voters believe Mr Johnson should quit, while 68% said the Prime Minister and government cannot be trusted by the British people.
Chris Hopkins, director of policy research at Savanta ComRes, said: ‘In many ways the Prime Minister’s statement to the House of Commons felt like Groundhog Day, with Johnson choosing to answer questions by begging to wait the conclusion of the Met’s inquiry into the Partygate scandal.
“However, the mood was undoubtedly sourer than in previous weeks, with a number of his own MPs unrestrained in their anger at the alleged conduct of Number 10.
“And, it looks like the public is just as ruthless in their assessment of the prime minister.
‘Not only do a significant majority want him to resign, but in direct response to Johnson’s apology and a direct assertion that the country would prefer him and his government to focus on other things, most say they don’t don’t accept it and just don’t do it. trust him to deliver.