Jeremy Hunt addresses Boris Johnson's Peppa Pig comments
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The heavy blow came as Prime Minister Boris Johnson finds himself under pressure from his backbenchers for his own performance in recent weeks. Amid a series of U-turns, broken promises and gaffes, Labour has been hoping to capitalise on the Government’s crisis.
The new polling from YouGov suggests that despite the mess engulfing the Tories, Sir Keir still has a long way to go before being a serious challenger to Mr Johnson.
Yesterday, 1,748 Britons were asked if they believed the Labour leader looked like a “Prime Minister in waiting”.
Just 19 percent gave their support to Sir Keir, with 59 percent saying he did not.
In another crushing statistic, a greater number of people said they were “not sure” of his credibility (22 percent) than gave their support.
Sir Keir’s failure to connect with the public comes despite polling by the same company finding voters are dissatisfied with the performance of the current occupant of No10.
Boris Johnson was given a net approval rating of -35, a decrease from -27 a week ago.
In total 64 percent of respondents said they believe the Prime Minister is doing “badly”, with just 29 percent saying he is doing a good job.
Mr Johnson is looking to re-establish his grip after yesterday was the climax of several chaotic weeks.
The Prime Minister’s address to the Confederation of British Industry on Monday saw him lose his place in his notes, talk about Peppa Pig and impersonate a car.
The Government then only narrowly survived a rebellion over its social care reforms.
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There were 19 Tories who opposed the plans and dozens more who failed to vote at all in response to a cap on costs being less generous than expected.
It followed a bruising few weeks which have seen Mr Johnson’s judgment being questioned over his handling of the Owen Paterson row on parliamentary standards and Tory criticism of scaled-back plans for rail upgrades in the North.
Last night a senior Downing Street source attacked Mr Johnson, telling the BBC: “There is a lot of concern inside the building about the PM.
“It’s just not working.
“Cabinet needs to wake up and demand serious changes otherwise it’ll keep getting worse.
“If they don’t insist, he just won’t do anything about it.”
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman this morning sought to minimise the fallout from Monday’s events.
He said: “The Prime Minister briefly lost his place in a speech.
“He has given hundreds of speeches.
I don’t think it’s unusual for people on rare occasions to lose their place in a speech.
The spokesman added: “The Prime Minister is very much focused on delivering for the public.”
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