Tories support in vital Red Wall seats crumbles amid Boris Johnson’s Partygate scandal, new poll shows – as party prepares for losses at next month’s local elections
- Support in the vital seats has dwindled from 56% down to 36%, a new poll shows
- Poll has also revealed a drop in support across traditional Blue Wall strongholds
- Think Tank More in Common has suggested Tories will struggle at local elections
- Comes as PM faces prospect of second Partygate fine over BYOB garden party
Tories’ support in vital Red Wall seats has crumbled amid Boris Johnson’s Partygate scandal, a new poll has shown – as the party prepares for losses at next month’s local elections.
Support in the seats has dwindled from 56 per cent at the last general election down to just 36 per cent, the poll has revealed.
It comes as Mr Johnson is facing the prospect of another Partygate fine following reports that police today began issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to attendees of a ‘bring your own booze’ event in the Downing Street garden.
The Met has reportedly begun issuing fines to those who attended the ‘Bring your own booze’ No 10 garden party during the first lockdown.
Mr Johnson has already paid a £50 FPN over a 56th birthday bash in Number 10 in June 2020, while voters are also becoming increasingly disgruntled as the rising cost-of-living crisis begins to bite households.
The poll, by think tank More in Common, suggests the Tories will struggle at the local elections on May 5.
It has shown a plunge in support across traditional Blue Wall strongholds in the south, with seats being eyed up by the Liberal Democrats, The Telegraph reports.
Away from voting intentions, the poll has also revealed at 61 per cent of the public believe the PM should resign over Partygate.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press conference on Friday during his two-day visit to India
Protesters demonstrate against Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak outside Downing Street in the wake of the Partygate scandal
That comes amid Downing Street fears that further pictures may emerge of Mr Johnson attending at other events, with the June 2020 birthday gathering thought o be the least problematic of those being probed by police.
It also raises concerns the Met has a ‘low bar’ for issuing Covid fines that could see Mr Johnson and staff receive further FPNs.
A further 42 per cent of the public said they believe Mr Johnson should resign immediately, while 1 per cent think he should remain in office in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement attached to its poll, More in Common has caused damage to the Tories as a party, rather than just to Mr Johnson individually.
And frustrated Red Wall voters are understood to be urning back to Labour or opting not to vote al all.
Meanwhile, Blue Wall voters are turning to Labour and the Lib Dems, though the two earlier this month fuelled speculation over an informal non-aggression pact at the local elections.
Across swathes of the ‘Red Wall’ battleground in the Midlands and the North, the Liberal Democrats are fielding candidates in only a fraction of the seats up for grabs, leaving the field clear for Labour to take on the Tories.
And Mr Johnson faced another setback on Thursday bowed to a revolt in the Commons yesterday and dropped his attempt to delay yet another investigation into the lockdown lawbreaking crisis.
The Committee of Privileges will consider whether the Prime Minister knowingly misled the House over lockdown-busting gatherings
The Committee of Privileges will consider whether the Prime Minister knowingly misled the House of Commons over the alleged lockdown-busting gatherings.
If it finds him in contempt of Parliament, it could recommend that he is forced to apologise, suspended from the Commons, or even expelled.
No10 was forced to climb down after around half a dozen ministerial aides indicated they were prepared to resign to support the Labour plan for a fresh inquiry.
The report is not due to report back until a separate police probe in completed, most likely in the autumn.