According to reports, Prime Minister Boris Johnson titled the plot ‘Operation Save Big Dog’ as he allegedly searches for others to take the fall for the latest partying scandal
Boris Johnson has reportedly drawn up a list of officials to quit as he desperately tries to cling to his job, it has been claimed.
The Prime Minister’s desperate battle plan includes selecting officials to offer their resignation as the fall-out continues after a slew of scandals over Downing Street parties.
Boris Johnson has reportedly himself dubbed the idea ‘Operation Save Big Dog’ as the anxious government await the publication of senior official Sue Gray’s findings.
In the latest revelations, officials in No10 allegedly drank late into the night as they said farewell to their top spin doctor and one of the Tories photographers.
Staff, it is claimed, hired a DJ’d to supply music in the basement of No10 as the enjoyed the boozy bash.
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They earlier went on an alcohol run with a suitcase to the local Co-Op on the night before Prince Philip ’s funeral.
Now, the The Independent say Mr Johnson’s is drawing up a list of colleagues to throw in the towel over partygate.
His chief of staff Dan Rosenfield and private secretary Martin Reynolds are both being considered as possible departures, the publication reports.
A former Tory cabinet minister said a “root and branch” overhaul of No 10 is a “bare minimum to translate contrition into action”.
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Mrs Gray’s report will make findings of fact, but it’ll be for police to punish lockdown breaches.
She is investigating a string of parties in Whitehall between May 2020 and April 2021 – mostly in 10 Downing Street and its garden.
Minister Michael Ellis said the report, possibly due next week, will be a “fair and impartial investigation before there is a judge, jury and executioner.”
Downing Street today apologised to Buckingham Palace for the two staff bashes on the night before Prince Philip’s funeral.
The PM’s spokesman said it was “deeply regrettable that this took place at a time of national mourning”.
Mr Johnson was not at either party – but he faces further questions over alleged Covid rule-breaking at No 10.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “This shows just how seriously Boris Johnson has degraded the office of prime minister.
“The Conservatives have let Britain down. An apology isn’t the only thing the prime minister should be offering the Palace today.
“Boris Johnson should do the decent thing and resign.”