Cristina Leston-Bandeira, professor of Political Science at the University of Leeds in England believes that the succession of news about parties in Downing Street during the confinement could end up leading the conservatives themselves to remove Boris Johnson.
Downing Street has already apologized to the Queen for the two parties held on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral. The prime minister’s spokesman admitted that it was “deeply regretful that this took place at a time of national mourning”. According to the Telegraph, at first hand, the parties took place on April 16, 2021 and continued until dawn. Boris Johnson was not at any of these parties, but he had been at another one on May 20, 2020 in the gardens of the official residence and is now facing calls from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the SNP to step down. Conservatives themselves are beginning to express discomfort and some have already spoken out publicly.
For Cristina Leston-Bandeira, the tolerance of conservatives in relation to Boris Johnson is running out. “Boris Johnson is seen as a machine for winning elections, he worked in Brexit, he worked in the 2019 elections and therefore much of Boris Johnson’s chaos and incompetence is accepted because he is always seen as a figure who wins elections”, but in the In recent weeks, the successive news of parties in Downing Street during the lockdown has eroded the image of the British prime minister and “there are more and more voices within the Conservatives considering that Boris Johnson should not continue to lead the government”.
The Scottish Conservative leader himself has already called for the resignation of Boris Johnson.
The UK-based political science professor who specializes in parliament reveals that the conclusion of the party report is eagerly awaited. “Many people see the publication of this report as the moment when more Conservative MPs will go public to ask for the Prime Minister’s resignation and then there is a process within the Conservative party that could lead to a vote of no confidence in the leader,” explains. This is how Teresa May, for example, was removed from the post of prime minister.
Asked what the most likely scenario will be, if Boris Johnson resigns on his own initiative or if he is removed by the party itself, Cristina Leston-Bandeira considers that the party is more likely to remove him. “Everybody thinks Boris Johnson will not resign, but you never know. The Conservative Party is very brutal in getting its leaders to resign. Margaret Thatcher was fired by the party, Theresa May was fired by the party. According to Boris Johnson’s personality, the expectation is that if he resigns, it is because he is pushed by the party itself”, says the professor.