On the Today Programme on the 26th of May Steve Barclay, Downing Street Chief of Staff, was asked by Nick Robinson, ‘Does he (Boris Johnson) still believe there were no parties?’ To which he responded, ‘This is why he commissioned the report’. According to our poll, neither the British public, nor Conservative voters, agree.
To buy himself time in the hope the public would lose interest: 65%
To determine whether social gatherings, that he believed to be lawful, were unlawful or not: 21%
None of the above: 20%
- Two thirds (65%) believe the report was to buy Boris time
- Only 15% think the report was commissioned to ascertain legality of alleged parties
- More (2019) Conservative voters believe buying time is the reason (42%), compared to ascertaining lawfulness (34%)
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