Andrew Neil twists knife into Boris as Tories set for week of ‘self-destruction’

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The veteran broadcaster took to Twitter to highlight how the Conservatives launched “crime week” last Monday “not realising the crimes we’d end up focusing on were their own”. Mr Neil questioned what theme the Tories will go for this week as he suggested “self-destruction”.

The ex-BBC presenter tweeted: “Last Monday the Tories launched crime week, not realising the crimes we’d end up focussing on were their own.

“Wonder what topic they’ll choose this week? Self-destruction?”

Mr Neil’s brutal tweet comes as the Prime Minister has been at the centre of a row over alleged rule-breaking parties last Christmas.

Mr Johnson today insisted “I certainly broke no rules” after pictures emerged over the weekend of him taking part in a festive quiz which reportedly took place on December 15.

Downing Street admitted Mr Johnson “briefly” attended the “virtual” quiz.

The Sunday Mirror quoted a source who said many staff were huddled by computers in their Downing Street offices, conferring on questions and drinking alcohol while the quiz was taking place.

Tier 2 restrictions in London on December 15 said there could be no mixing of households indoors, apart from support bubbles, and a maximum of six people outside.

Official guidance set out there should be no work lunches or parties “where that is a primarily social activity” and they were not exempted for “work purposes”.

Speaking during a visit to a vaccination clinic near Paddington in west London on Monday, the Prime Minister said: “I can tell you that I certainly broke no rules – the whole thing will be looked into by the Cabinet Secretary, and what I’m focused on, frankly, is the vaccine rollout.”

Mr Johnson confirmed Cabinet Secretary Simon Case’s investigation will include the quiz.

The head of the Civil Service was already investigating claims of a Downing Street Christmas party on December 18 and November staff leaving do at No 10, as well as festive drinks at the Department for Education.

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The Conservative Party leader also faces allegations that he misled his ethics adviser over what he knew about a refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.

Lord Geidt, the independent adviser on ministers’ interests, has sought answers from Mr Johnson about the situation and could produce his findings this week, with speculation that he is considering his position.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said Mr Johnson and his adviser speak on a regular basis and “we are continuing to liaise with Lord Geidt and answer any further questions he may have”.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is facing a major rebellion over new Covid rules with about 75 Conservatives considering rebelling in Tuesday’s crunch vote.

And on Thursday, the by-election takes place in North Shropshire following the sleaze row over Owen Paterson.

What should be a comfortable win for the Tories – Mr Paterson had a majority of almost 23,000 – is now looking uncertain.

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