Editor's letter: Is the party over for the UK?

New PM increasingly likely

Lauren Mason
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Lauren Mason, Investment Week Editor
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Lauren Mason, Investment Week Editor

Over recent weeks, the UK news media has been awash with stories on ‘Partygate’ – snowballing evidence of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attendance of various parties at Number 10 in the middle of pandemic-induced lockdowns.

But while memes dominate the internet, and leader of the opposition Sir Keir Starmer lambasts the PM with calls to resign and quips about 'Bringing Your Own Boos', Johnson's betrayal of the public's trust could have serious ramifications on markets.  According to a poll conducted by Redfield and Wilton Strategies last Tuesday (18 January), the Conservative party fell 13 points behind Labour, in what were the worst polling figures for the party in almost four years.  And even before we cast our minds forward to the next General Election which, unless Johnson calls one himself, will tak...

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