Piers Morgan names who will takeover from Boris Johnson as a matter of urgency

Rishi Sunak will ‘make himself available’ to be PM says expert

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The Prime Minister has faced calls to resign from opposition parties and even members of the Conservative Party. Now the former Good Morning Britain host has urged Chancellor Rishi Sunak to take over from Mr Johnson urgently.

Mr Morgan took to Twitter to post an image of his MailOnline column from September this year where he claimed the Chancellor will replace Mr Johnson “sooner, not later”.

In his latest tweet, Mr Morgan said: “This now needs to happen as a matter of urgency…

“Rishi Sunak is the grown-up in the cabinet room, and we need a grown-up in charge not a big baby.”

Last month, Mr Sunak received 10 percent of votes in an Express.co.uk poll – which surveyed 14.509 people – asking which candidate would be best to replace Mr Johnson.

Mr Sunak was beaten to the top position by Liz Truss – who received 36 percent of the votes.

A new Savanta ComRes poll – which asked 1,036 UK adults on December 8 – found a third of those who voted Conservatives in the 2019 general election believed Mr Johnson should step down.

Just 30 percent of those asked thought the Prime Minister shouldn’t surrender his position as UK leader.

At the time of the Christmas party, London was subject to tier 3 restrictions, which imposed a ban on social mixing between households.

No 10 initially did not say the reports were inaccurate but said all rules had been followed, before later denying any party had taken place, despite leaked footage emerging.

Mr Johnson told the Commons that Downing Street staff reiterated “there was no party and that no Covid rules were broken”.

He added if lockdown rules had been broken, “then there will be disciplinary action for all those involved”.

Speaking on Wednesday’s Prime Minister’s Questions, he said: “I understand and share the anger up and down the country at seeing No 10 staff seeming to make light of lockdown measures.

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“I can understand how infuriating it must be to think that people who have been setting the rules have not been following the rules because I was also furious to see that clip.”

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford called on Mr Johnson to resign after the news broke.

He said: “This video is damning and leaves the Prime Minister with a lot to answer for.

“When every individual up and down the country was told to stay at home in order to protect the NHS, the Tories were instead having a Christmas party which, as a senior staff member has now confirmed, was ‘not socially distanced’.

“If this is true, then the Prime Minister’s position is untenable and he must remove himself from office immediately.”

Allegra Stratton – the former spokesperson for the Prime Minister – resigned on Wednesday after footage was leaked of her preparing to answer questions about the parties.

Another video shows House of Commons leader Jacob Rees Mogg addressing the party saying they will not be investigated by the Met Police in a year’s time.

In a video unearthed by political blog Guido Fawkes, Mr Rees-Mogg told the audience on Monday evening: “I see we’re all here obeying regulations aren’t we?”

He continued: “I mean, this party is not going to be investigated by the police in a year’s time.

“You are all very carefully socially distanced… we have moved, I am pleased to tell you, from the metric back to the Imperial system: I notice you are all at least two inches away from each other which is, as I understand it, what the regulations require.”

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