Prime Minister’s Questions brought in more viewers on January 12 than the last final of The X Factor as millions tuned into watch Boris Johnson ‘apologise’ for Downing Street’s Bring Your Own Booze party hosted at the height of the pandemic.
Yesterday, Mr Johnson finally faced Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as he was forced to address allegations Tory staff threw a boozy bash which he attended while people were left dying alone in hospital and their loved ones were unable to attend their funerals because they followed the rules that he laid out.
A total of 3million viewers are believed to have tuned in to yesterday’s PMQs across BBC, ITV, and the News channels.
More people watched the drama unfold on BBC Two than BBC One, while thousands tuned in on ITV after This Morning actually cut its broadcast to follow Mr Johnson and Sir Keir’s showdown.
To compare, The X Factor’s last final in 2019 attracted 1.7 million viewers, while its celebrity version bowed out with just 2.95 million.
Opening yesterday’s PMQs, Mr Johnson apologised for attending the Downing Street garden party, but claimed he was under the impression it would be classed as a work event under the rules that he set.
Labour leader Sir Keir said ‘the party is over’ and called on him to resign.
He said: ‘That code says ministers who knowingly mislead parliament will be expected to offer their resignation.
‘The party’s over, prime minister. The only question is will the British public kick him out, will his party kick him out or will he do the decent thing and resign?’
Support is ebbing away for Mr Johnson as a number of Conservative MPs demand he resigns – including Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross, who this week is said to have written to the 1922 Committee to express no confidence in the PM’s leadership.
Mr Ross said: ‘It’s his government that put these rules in place, and he has to be held to account for his actions.’
The Prime Minister acknowledged the ‘public rage’ as he was forced to grovel in the House of Commons – but failed to win much sympathy with his ‘work event’ excuses savaged online.
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