Johnson eyes Downing Street overhaul to avoid ‘political death’

Boris Johnson has come under fire for reports that his office held multiple parties while England was in lockdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to reshuffle Downing Street staff, according to reports, amid mounting pressure from some parties held by his office for allegedly breaking Covid lockdown rules.

The Financial Times reported that Johnson will undertake a major reshuffle of his senior staff in an effort to retain power amid growing public and political criticism of his government.

Speaking to the Financial Times on condition of anonymity, a man identified as Johnson’s ally said, “Boris realises he has lost another of his nine lives, it’s a political death.” The changes are apparently designed to help Johnson survive the May 5 local elections in office.

The Conservative Party’s performance in local elections is likely to be an important barometer of Johnson’s continued leadership as he struggles to maintain support from his own MPs.

The Telegraph reported on Friday that two staff gatherings were held on April 16, 2021, the night before the funeral of the Queen’s husband Prince Philip. At the time, England was under Covid restrictions and the country was in a period of national mourning for the death of the royal family.The Prime Minister’s spokesman issued a very brief statement on Friday, saying it was “We deeply regret this incident occurred at a time of national mourning.”

He said Downing Street had apologised to Buckingham Palace based on the reports, while refusing to publicly confirm what the No 10 player did.

On Thursday, the Metropolitan Police released a statement about the parties who were reported, saying that while it was “knew” In the alleged breach, it will wait for the results of an internal government investigation before deciding whether the conduct constitutes “Criminal offense.”

However, on Friday, the Good Law Project (GLP), which has been pushing for a formal inquiry into the allegations by the Met, said police had reversed course. The GLP said on its website that the Met told it it did not “Make a decision whether to investigate” Earlier allegations against parties in Downing Street.

On Wednesday, in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister said he would “Take responsibility” For attending a garden party in Downing Street during lockdown in May 2020.Arguing that he believed it was a “Work Activities” Johnson admits he “Going into that garden after 6pm…thanks to a group of staff.”

The government has commissioned senior civil servant Sugrey to conduct an internal investigation into some of the alleged parties.

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