Leeds United fans chant expletive song about Boris Johnson
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Fans could be heard singing “stand up if you hate Boris” at the 2022 World Darts Championship last night, which was being broadcast to thousands of Sky Sports. Football supporters at a match between Leeds United and Arsenal at the weekend also let their anger at the Prime Minister’s leadership, singing “Boris Johnson is a c**t”.
Mr Johnson has faced an onslaught of negative publicity in recent weeks after claims No10 staff held parties during the pandemic which broke Covid restrictions.
His former press secretary Allegra Stratton resigned earlier this month when a video emerged of her and others joking about a “cheese and wine night” which took place on the evening a Christmas Party was said to have been held illegally.
Extra pressure was ramped up on Mr Johnson yesterday when a picture emerged of him, his wife, and No10 staff gathered in the Downing Street garden drinking wine in May 2020.
At the time the rules forbid meeting more than one other person from another household at a time.
Hundreds took to their feat at Alexandra Palace in London to chant in unison to share their frustration last night.
So loud was the song that it could be heard through the TV and over the commentary of the sporting fixture.
One fan in the crowd saw also spotted holding a sign which read “all round to Boris’s after”, apparently mocking the Prime Minister over accusations of illegal lockdown gatherings in Downing Street.
Video footage from Saturday’s Elland Road football match circulating on social media shows dozens of fans clapping as they join in foul-mouthed chants against the Conservative leader.
The fallout of the row on parties has seen Mr Johnson’s popularity with voters suffer.
Last week the Prime Minister’s approval rating sunk to an all-time low of -42, according to the pollsters YouGov.
The Tory party more widely has also been hit, with successive polls showing Labour in the lead for the first time in months.
Conservative MPs have been left horrified by the public reaction to the Downing Street parties row.
They fear Mr Johnson, notorious for his popularity among Britons, has irreversibly lost his shine.
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The party lost the North Shropshire by-election last Thursday after representing the seat for almost 200 years.
Illegal Downing Street gatherings were said to be one of the main reasons for voters turning their backs on the Government.
Last night Mr Johnson sought to defend himself over the latest allegations of a garden gathering last summer.
He said the photo showed “people at work talking about work”.
He told broadcasters: “Those were meetings of people at work talking about work.
“Those were meetings of people at work, talking about work.
“I really think it is vital that we focus if we can on the message we are trying to get across today.
“We face a serious spike in Omicron and we are seeing the cases going up in London, particularly the cases of hospitalisations.”
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