Conservative MPs have a problem they can’t shake. A problem called Boris Johnson. The former PM looms large over the party, rarely far from newspaper front pages.

His supporters want him to return to frontline politics and renew the 80-seat majority he delivered in 2019. Others in the party treat him like a bad smell, reminding them of the worst days of the “Partygate” scandal.

In this week’s episode of The i Podcast we take a look at this divisive character and what his enduring presence means for Rishi Sunak’s party as it faces one of the toughest political landscapes in its 13 years in government.

Joining us to tread through the latest wave of controversy following Mr Johnson is i Policy Editor Jane Merrick before we speak to polling guru Sir John Curtice about how Mr Johnson fares with voters.

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