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Can Boris survive?

Can Boris survive?

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Between Brexit and coronavirus, will Boris be able to stick it out?

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Boris Johnson’s 80 seat majority should have given him a bulletproof five-year term in office but Covid-19 had other ideas. Boris has just about survived, literally, the first 12 months of this government.

It is not just the awful death rate, the Brexit gridlock and series of major U-turns that is damaging public and party trust in the PM. His performance at PMQs has been lacklustre, meandering and, at times, frankly odd.

There’s little doubt that 2020 must have been the worst year to be Prime Minister since the war. Will Boris stick it out?

Editor: Ceri Thomas, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

Our invited experts include:

David Lidington CBE was Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 8 January 2018 and 24 July 2019. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from June 2017 to January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Aylesbury in 1992.

Tim Bale is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. He was previously a Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex. His main research interests are in the fields of British, European and Comparative politics, especially in relation to centre-right and conservative politics

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Boris Johnson’s 80 seat majority should have given him a bulletproof five-year term in office but Covid-19 had other ideas. Boris has just about survived, literally, the first 12 months of this government.

It is not just the awful death rate, the Brexit gridlock and series of major U-turns that is damaging public and party trust in the PM. His performance at PMQs has been lacklustre, meandering and, at times, frankly odd.

There’s little doubt that 2020 must have been the worst year to be Prime Minister since the war. Will Boris stick it out?


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Editor: Ceri Thomas
Editor and Partner, Tortoise

David Lidington CBE was Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster between 8 January 2018 and 24 July 2019. He was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from June 2017 to January 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Aylesbury in 1992.

Tim Bale is Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. He was previously a Professor of Politics at the University of Sussex. His main research interests are in the fields of British, European and Comparative politics, especially in relation to centre-right and conservative politics