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Will "Partygate" do real damage to Boris Johnson?

Denis Staunton on the latest scandal hitting UK prime minister Boris Johnson's government, after a week of denials that an illegal party took place in Downing Street last Christmas was brought to an embarrassing end by a leaked tape.


Will the scandal weaken Johnson, or undermine the new Covid-19 restrictions he announced this week?

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