Sir Keir Starmer calls Boris "worst possible leader"
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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has surged ahead of Boris Johnson in the UK public’s reckoning according to new research. Recently, Mr Johnson’s popularity has dropped after facing accusations that several Downing Street parties – which breached Covid rules – took place last Christmas. The PM also suffered an embarrassing setback in the House of Commons this week, when 100 of his own MPs rebelled against him on a vote for one of his latest Covid restrictions.
A new poll conducted by Ipsos MORI has found Sir Keir Starmer is currently viewed by the UK public as the most suitable candidate to be Prime Minister.
Ipsos MORI is a market research company based in London, that was formed during a merger of two companies in 2005.
The poll asked 1,005 adults, aged 18 or above, from across the British Isles: “Who would make the most suitable Prime Minister?” with Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer given as the only two options.
The research was conducted between December 3 and 10 – which was before, during and after the allegations of illegal Government Xmas parties emerged.
Sir Keir scored 13 percentage points above Mr Johnson, which marked a significant change from the company’s previous September research.
The Labour leader was up six percentage points compared with how he scored three months ago, while Mr Johnson was down by seven points over the same period.
In fact, this was the first time a Labour leader has been ahead on this measure with Ipsos MORI since Gordon Brown led David Cameron in January 2008.
Moreover, it represents the lowest proportion of Britons choosing Mr Johnson since he became PM, in 2019.
With regards to the public’s levels of satisfaction for the respective jobs both the PM and Sir Keir are doing in their roles, it remains even.
In total, 28 percent of participants answered they are satisfied with the performance of both gentlemen.
However, they each still face dissatisfaction levels of more than 45 percent.
Sir Keir scored 49 percent for this particular section in comparison with Mr Johnson who was awarded a dissatisfaction rating of 65 percent.
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Why has Mr Starmer’s popularity increased?
The last fortnight has been a particularly damaging period for Mr Johnson in his tenure as PM, which in turn has allowed the Labour leader to gain some popularity with voters.
First, ITV News broadcast footage last week that showed aides of Mr Johnson appearing to admit that a Downing Street Christmas party did occur the previous December.
The alleged gathering is thought to have taken place on December 18, 2020, a time when millions of people from across the UK were banned from socialising due to Covid rules.
At that point in time, London was subjected to Tier 3 restrictions which clearly stated: “No person may participate in a gathering in the Tier 3 area which consists of two or more people, and takes place in any indoor space.”
In the aftermath of the video’s release, the PM’s former spokesperson Allegra Stratton resigned, and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case has launched an investigation into a number of alleged Downing Street Xmas gatherings.
Then on Tuesday, 100 Tory MPs rebelled against the PM, in a Commons vote, on one of his Covid measures he had announced at a press conference last week.
The measure in question related to the implementation of NHS Covid passes to gain entry to nightclubs and other large events.
Many of the MPs who voted against introducing NHS Covid passes had previously expressed concerns that the restriction would undermine public trust.
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