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Amid the ongoing ‘partygate’ scandal, both the Prime Minister and Chancellor have been fined by the police for breaching the lockdown rules they imposed on the country. Despite this, Conservative MPs have largely refrained from calling for resignations, in part due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, and in part to wait and see if voters will punish the Conservatives at the ballot box. The Prime Minister has insisted that the Government he leads is instead focused on the issues that matter. Yet the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have been deeply criticised for failing to respond comprehensively enough to the cost of living crisis, with the recent Spring Statement panned across much of the media and political spectrum. The Conservatives, historically able to tout their superior economic competence, now trails Labour in some polls on the issue. At the local elections this week, will voters punish the Government, and can Boris Johnson survive as leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister?

This episode of Bright Blue TV saw Columnist and Leader Writer, Tim Stanley, former Foreign Editor of The Times and a contributing writer for the New Statesman, Martin Fletcher, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, Catherine Haddon, and Comment and Features Editor for City AM, Sascha O’Sullivan, explore these questions, with Communications Manager, Joseph Silke, as host.

Date:

Friday 6th May 2022, 12:00pm – 12:30pm

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Attendees can submit questions, before or during the event, via Slido here or by using the code: #bbtv

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