Results from focus groups in the so-called Red Wall seat of Bolton North East indicate support for the Prime Minister has all but evaporated, with
Results from focus groups in the so-called Red Wall seat of Bolton North East indicate support for the Prime Minister has all but evaporated, with voters furious at the row over alleged illegal gatherings in Downing Street. Mr Johnson stormed to victory at the ballot box in 2019 thanks to winning over support from those in former Labour heartlands, with fears the Tories will lose the next election if they do not retain their vote.
The Prime Minister has been coming under increasing pressure after a series of damaging accusations about parties that broke Covid regulations were leaked to the press.
His reputation was further wounded last Wednesday when he was forced to apologise in the Commons after admitting to attending one of the parties, although he insisted it was a “work meeting” and technically within the rules.
One voter said: “I quite liked him at the beginning.
“I felt confidence during the pandemic, and that he was doing the best for all of us. Now, it’s like, we’ve been made a fool of.”
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Another added: “I liked him because he was a bit different to the David Cameron, Eton-educated typical Tory.
“There was something about him that made him a bit more personable to me.
“It’s gone now, because we’ve lost that trust in him. Now he’s just a buffoon.”
A third said: “If there was an election now, and Boris is still here, I wouldn’t vote Conservative.”
Meanwhile, a fourth simply commented: “He’s a coward.”
A fifth said: “I think for me it’s more that, it’s one thing doing what he’s done, it’s the fact he did it and then said nothing had happened.
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The comments were made in a focus group conducted by James Johnson, who ran polling for No10 when Theresa May was in charge.
He said that when he asked those participating whether they would vote for Mr Johnson at an election again, not a single person rose their hand.
The pollster said: “Criticism of lockdown parties is now spreading into a general view of Boris and his fitness to govern – perhaps irreversibly so.
“This applies to both people who voted Tory for the first time in 2019 – a key group for the Conservatives to win – and long-term Tories.
“Words that were usually the reserve of Boris’ critics like ‘liar’ are now being used regularly by these voters.”
A poll published by Savanta ComRes over the weekend gave Labour their biggest lead over the Conservatives for almost 10 years.
The survey of 2,151 adults on Thursday and Friday put Labour on 42 percent, with the Tories on 32 percent.
The last time such a huge margin was registered was in 2013.