Boris fears 'he will be forced to resign’ if Starmer quits over beergate says Tory insider

BORIS JOHNSON’S biggest fear is that he will be forced to resign over lockdown parties in Downing Street if Keir Starmer quits as Labour leader over the beergate scandal, insiders believe.

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A senior Conservative source has told Express.co.uk that the Prime Minister is now “safe” from being removed from power because he “has been rescued by Starmer big time.” It follows a failure by Labour to make significant gains in the local elections and Durham Police announcing that they are to investigate Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner over a gathering they had in April last year.

During campaigning on April 30 the two joined Labour activists and MPs to consume more than £200 of curry washed down with beer with allegations that they also passed the 10pm curfew. 

At first they denied Rayner had attended the gathering but it has since emerged she was there leading to allegations that they also “misled” the public and police.

Durham Police, who initially concluded there was nothing to investigate, announced on Friday they had reopened the case because of “significant new evidence.”

A senior Conservative insider agreed that Starmer “has done the Prime Minister a massive favour.”

But he added that people in Downing Street are terrified about one possible outcome.

“Oh he (Starmer)’s saved him, unless he stands down. If he steps down, he’s forcing Boris into the same.”

Opponents have pointed out that Starmer’s position is becoming increasingly untenable.

He had previously described Mr Johnson as a “criminal” for receiving a fine and said he is “not fit to be Prime Minister.”

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson is safe as Prime Minister unless Labour leader Keir Starmer quits (Image: GETTY)

Techne beergate poll

A large majority believe Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner should be fined for beergate (Image: TECHNE UK)

Before the Metropolitan Police issued the fine he also said that being investigated by the police was a big enough reason for Mr Johnson to be forced out as Prime Minister.

Even leftwingers have turned on Starmer over his hypocrisy.

Former Corbyn adviser Aaron Bastani Tweeted: “Watch this till the end. Starmer can’t explain the difference between what he did, and what Johnson did. And yet he called for the Prime Minister to resign. It’s an obvious double standard.”

This has come after Diane Abbott led an attack from the Left on the mediocre results for Starmer in the local elections.

Labour even lost a council in London, Harrow, to the Conservatives, on a day they were set up to sweep the board in the Capital.

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer is under pressure to quit as Labour leader over beergate (Image: GETTY)

Techne/ Express tracker poll

The latest Techne UK/ Express tracker poll shows Labour cannot win without a Rejoiner coalition (Image: TECHNE UK)

Starmer has also faced criticism in recent weeks from members of his own shadow cabinet for “banging on about Partygate” when voters are more concerned about the cost of living crisis and war in Ukraine – subjects he barely mentioned in Parliament for the last two months.

But Mr Johnson has been under threat from a coup by Tory MPs who had expected much worse council losses on Thursday.

He saw off an attempt to oust him over Partygate in January.

Now it is believed the one thing that could force him out is if Starmer quits in a bid to take both of the down politically.

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Defence Secretary Ben Wallace

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is the favourite in the Techne UK poll to succeed Boris Johnson as PM (Image: GETTY)

The Techne UK/ Express tracker poll showed that Starmer can only win with a Lib Dem and possibly SNP EU Rejoiner rainbow coalition.

Meanwhile, of the potential leaders to relace Johnson, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace is the clear favourite ahead of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.

Techne Tory leader poll

Techne UK poll put Wallace top, Truss second, Hunt and Mordaunt third equal (Image: TECHNE UK)

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