Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today defied his critics by vowing to stay on as Conservative leader and fight the next general election.
Mr Johnson brushed off his recent difficult spell as Prime Minister after alleged party allegations last year and promised to be there to guide the country to “much, much better” times in the future.
In an interview with The Sun on Sunday, the PM insisted he was “bristling with energy” and determined to crack on with the task of “levelling up the country.”
After being told that some MPs feel he has little else to offer after delivering Brexit and defeating Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour Party, the Prime Minister retorted:
“What nonsense. I can imagine there may be people who wish to see this. I don’t know who.
“But I’m afraid I am going to have to disappoint them.”
The Prime Minister continued:
“I think the UK is the greatest place on Earth and being Prime Minister is probably the greatest job I could ever do.
“I also think that not only will this Christmas be better than last but next year is going to be much, much better and there’s a huge amount to look forward to.”
After more allegations of rule breaking came to light this morning of Mr Johnson hosting a virtual quiz for his staff during lock down, Ministers have been quick to call out the absurd claims and back the Prime Minister.
The festive quiz is said to have taken place three days before an alleged office Christmas party for Downing Street staff in Number 10, which is currently being investigated by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case.
Talking about the Prime Minister hosting a virtual quiz, Nadhim Zahawi, the Education Secretary, told Sky News:
“That picture… I have had emails from constituents because the hype around parties that was going on in the last week and the week before made it sound sort of completely different.
“Actually I think people will look at that picture today… and will think hold on a second, he is on a virtual call, no alcohol, thanking his staff for 10 minutes before he goes back to work, is that really a terrible crime?
“What do we see in that picture? We see a Prime Minister on a virtual quiz night for 10 to 15 minutes to thank his staff who, by the way, had no choice but to come in every single day, sitting in his office with the two people who are closest working with him. Many people would have had similar Zoom quiz nights around the country.”
Mr Zahawi also told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show:
“On a virtual call, on a Zoom meeting, thanking his team… There’s no drink here, I don’t think there’s a rule against recognising Christmas with tinsel or a hat.”
A No 10 spokeswoman confirmed:
“This was a virtual quiz.
“Downing Street staff were often required to be in the office to work on the pandemic response so those who were in the office for work may have attended virtually from their desks.
“The Prime Minister briefly took part virtually in a quiz to thank staff for their hard work throughout the year.”
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