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Boris hailed in poll for huge list of achievements in first year as PM – ‘So far so good!’

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We will use your email address only for sending you newsletters. Please see our Privacy Notice for details of your data protection rights. readers voted in our poll on whether Mr Johnson has done a good job after his first year in Number 10. Some 77 percent of respondents said yes, while just 22 percent replied no and one percent did not know.

Commenting on the poll, many readers backed the Prime Minister’s tough stance with the EU.

One said: “Appointing David Frost was a master stroke for Boris in dealing with Brexit and considering what he has had to put up with, nearly dying from the virus, having a baby, coping with COVID-19 pandemic which has paralysed the world, he is doing pretty good.

“Get Brexit over the line without giving up our fishing grounds and laws and you will get my vote.

“As for immigration, still much to do so Priti get on with it!”

Another wrote: “So far so good. Just get us out on a clean break Boris.”

A third commented: “Boris has the EU on the ropes, and that’s good enough for me.”

Another gave Mr Johnson top marks, saying: “Being fair he has followed the instruction of the people in 2016 to leave the EU.

“If he continues and does not bow to pressure what more can you ask.

“Add to that COVID-19 he gets 10 out of ten from me.”

A fifth wrote: “He has done an excellent job in these highly unusual times.”

One more said: “Best PM we had in years, Boris listened to us and is getting Brexit done, the last four PM have all been disasters.”

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But another was more critical of the Prime Minister, commenting: “I’d like to say yes, but I think he has been too soft, too relaxed.

“He needs to sort out policing which has been taken over by virtue signalling university management graduates.”

Mr Johnson has had to deal with Brexit as well as the coronavirus crisis during his first year in office on top of the birth of his son Wilfred and his fight for his life against COVID-19 in intensive care.

Marking one year in the top job, the Prime Minister said he had “got Brexit done” and was making progress on his promise to “level up” the country before coronavirus struck.

He added the country must show the same spirit in tackling the deadly outbreak to “build back better”.

Mr Johnson said: “It is one year since I stood on the steps of Downing Street and made a promise to the British people.

“That this government would get Brexit done and then unite and level up the country.

“We got Brexit done and made great progress on delivering on those priorities.

“Then our country was hit by a devastating blow in the form of Coronavirus.

“Today I want to make this pledge: I will not let the virus hold this country back.

“We must harness the unity of purpose and resolve we have shown as a country in fighting Coronavirus – and use it to build back better.” polled 5,197 people on July 24.

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