Coffee House Shots

Can Boris survive another Partygate scandal?

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Another day, another party scandal. ‘Bring your own booze’ said Martin Reynolds, the Prime Minister’s private secretary in a leaked email to around 100 staff in May 2020, inviting them to a picnic at 10 Downing Street. At the same time, the rest of the country was limited to socialising within household bubbles or one other person outdoors. 
‘This is the most serious party allegation yet when it comes to Boris Johnson specifically’ – Katy Balls

No.10 have refused to respond to the leaked email whilst Sue Gray’s investigation into other Downing Street parties are ongoing. Can this line of response last through to PMQ’s tomorrow? Boris Johnson can expect challenging questions from Keir Starmer as the crisis unravels.
Meanwhile, Michael Gove is keeping busy with his newly announced policy on cladding. The new housing minister has gone against his predecessor, Robert Jenrick’s policy, making developers pay for dangerous cladding.
Max Jeffery is joined by Katy Balls and James Forsyth.

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